Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Our friend Omaira Rangel and 53 other people from all over this big wide world became United States citizens this morning! Alot of friends showed up to cheer her on...including Stephen and I and our dear sister-in-law Kathie Taylor!
People from every continent on earth, from over 40 different countries stood and raised their right hand and took the Oath of Allegiance before Judge Cleary in the United States Courthouse! It was a heartwarming moment and a great triumph for all of them to be citizens!
As Judge Cleary (Irish decent) pointed out, most all of us are descendants of someone just like Omaira who came to the USA in search of liberty and freedom!
For all of us who take our citizenship for granted, here are the words of the Oath of Allegiance!
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state of 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 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.
Then everyone (and most proudly, the new citizens) stood and put their right hand over their heart and recited the Pledge of Alliance!
Posted by Janie Taylor at Wednesday, August 12, 2009