This Thursday, Four Freedoms Park hosted its first-ever naturalization ceremony in honor of Veterans Day. The U.S. Citizenship and Imigration Services (USCIS) conducted the ceremony. Thirty candidates from 25 different countries officially became citizens of the United States. Meet 3 of the 30 new U.S. citizens here.
USCIS Acting New York District Phyllis A. Coven delivered the Oath of Allegiance to the new Americans and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney gave the keynote address. Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, Chair Emeritus spoke at the ceremony. Read his speech here.
"We are honored to have such a significant event take place at the FDR Four Freedoms Park," said Ambassador vanden Heuvel. "I cannot think of a more powerful way to pay tribute to President Roosevelt's legacy than to welcome new citizens into this great country here at the Park."
"I am thrilled and honored to be participating in the naturalization of 30 new U.S. citizens - many of whom are veterans and military family members. I cannot think of a better way and a better place to honor these brave men and women, and their family members. Many of them have worked and struggled for many years to earn their citizenship. U.S. citizenship represents the promise of opportunity, tolerance and liberty, and Four Freedoms Park was built to pay tribute to these ideals, all of which are being celebrated today. I congratulate all of these new U.S. citizens," said Congresswoman Maloney.
Congresswoman Maloney presents certificate to a recently naturalized U.S. citizen.