INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Today 99 people from 31 different countries became American citizens at Indiana’s only presidential site.
The naturalization ceremony took place at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential site.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker presided over the naturalization ceremony in a tent on the south lawn.
Emmy award winner, Sylvia McNair, hosted a musical performance, while Benjamin Harrison’s great-great-grandson, Kimball Harrison Morsman, provided remarks.
Becoming an American citizen, nonetheless during Fourth of July weekend, is a great honor and an event of major excitement for those included. Families, friends and patriotic Americans also attended the event to welcome our newest citizens.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will welcome nearly 7500 new U.S. citizens at similar events across the country.
Here’s the oath the new citizens recited:
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore 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 the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”