Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Welcome . . . You've Earned It!

I, ____________hereby declare on oath that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty of whom or which I have hereintofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by law; and that I take this obligation freely and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.    
So help me God.

Last Friday, September 27,
90 individuals from 32 countries
said the that Oath of Allegiance
At our Fort Scott National Historic Site

They "moved" the court from Wyandotte County, Kansas
Fort Scott, Kansas

The Honorable James P. O'Hara presided

It was quite a "do"

 The Fort Scott High School Music Department
sang The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and Humility
as well as our State Song
Home on the Range

As a member of the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site
we provided their first meal
as a United States Citizen

The new citizens and their families enjoyed a sandwich buffet
The excitement on their faces told volumes.

For they earned their citizenship
while ours was a given.

I am always happy to participate in this ceremony because

My German great grandfather did the same thing
way back in 1892.

He was proud to live in America.
So much so that he volunteered and fought for the Union
in the Civil War.
And in 1892 he became a citizen.
It was an important day for him!

I helped with the luncheon
My contribution the pasta salad
Made as a side dish for the sandwiches
or as a vegetarian entree.

I've named it
"Naturalization Salad"

And although I made it for 100,
it was an easy salad.
When I do pasta salads, I like macaroni, rotinni or bowtie pasta --
a "forkable" pasta!


4 one pound packages bow tie pasta, cooked
2 packages shredded carrots
one large package frozen peas
3 green peppers, diced
3 red peppers, diced
1 large bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
4 large bottles of your favorite Italian dressing

Add vegetables to cooked pasta, pour half of the dressing over.   Just before serving, add the remaining dressing, toss and serve.

It's Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday


Francie Newcomb said...

What an inspiring occasion! Congratulations to our new citizens!


Lady of the Manor said...

I enjoyed reading about this special event. We have 2 nieces, who have married into the family and have become US citizens. It's a very moving ceremony. Thanks for sharing!

Noel Morata said...

wow, what a nice celebration, I love occasions that mark something special within a community!