RIS hopes you had a happy Fourth of July! This weekend we celebrated our nation’s birthday with the many refugees and immigrants who now call the United States home.
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by opening our arms to new Americans? RIS also welcomes the 65 new U.S. citizens who were naturalized during a ceremony in Yosemite Valley’s Glacier Point on June 27. We are grateful for the diverse individuals that make up our nation.
Sixty-five people became naturalized citizens of the United States at Yosemite Valley’s most famous overlook on June 27, 2013. In a special ceremony commemorating Independence Day, candidates received their own American flag before taking the Oath of Allegiance. They then recited the Pledge of Allegiance as newly certified U.S. citizens. Conducted at the Glacier Point amphitheater, the ceremony takes on particular significance as the view overlooking Nevada Fall with Half Dome looming in the background reminds citizens of what is known as “America’s Best Idea” – the national park system.
The ceremony’s speakers included Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher and representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in Fresno and Sacramento. The citizen candidates came from all around the world including Mexico, Fiji, Cambodia, Russia, and Guatemala.
The new citizens were joined by their family and friends as they celebrated the end of their journey to become American citizens…
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