I'm proud to be an American . . .
When I had the privilege of witnessing 80 immigrants become Naturalized Citizens
of the United States
|At our Fort Scott National Historic Site|
Remarks by the Superintendent of the Fort Scott National Historic Site
And the Mayor of Fort Scott
Judge Waxe moved his courtroom to the Fort Scott National Historic Site
And the Fort Scott High School Ensemble, Choir and Band provided the music
And finally, the moment these 80 immigrants have been waiting for
When they took the Oath of Allegiance
of the United States of America
It gave a person goosebumps to hear these 80 individuals swear their allegiance to the United States led by Courtroom Deputy, Kathy Grant
And then, for the very first time, as United States Citizens, along with the 200 or so spectators
said these very special words:
|I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.|
After the ceremony, the Friends of the Fort Scott National Historic Site hosted a luncheon
for the new citizens and their friends and family.
Their first meal as a citizen.
I was happy to help serve.
And as one of the speakers said --
they were not Spanish Americans or German Americans or Italian Americans
these 80 individuals were