The National Park Service and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will partner to hold a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens on Friday, June 16. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 16 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. The public is invited to witness the ceremony, a press release said.
Chief United States District Judge Thomas A. Varlan will preside. Amanda North and Natasha Loyd from Oak Ridge High School will sing the national anthem. The Oak Ridge Police Department will provide the presentation of colors.
“National parks aren’t just about scenic beauty,” said Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas. “Rather, they also represent sites of conscience, and commemoration. These sites serve as the standard-bearers of our shared history and what it means to be American. As you contemplate what it means to be an American citizen and these places that you now own, I would ask you to also play a role in protecting them and preserving them. Get out and explore.”
Naturalization is the process by which United States citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act, the press release said. Naturalization ceremonies are a formal court proceeding in which foreign citizens or nationals are sworn in as United States citizens and receive their Certificate of Naturalization.
For more information or directions, contact the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (865) 576-6767. Visitors may also follow the park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Manhattan ProjectNPS, on Twitter at @MnhtnProjectNPS, or on Instagram at @manhattanprojectnps.
AMSE is at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge.