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History Colorado to host naturalization ceremony and welcome new U.S. citizens from 24 countries
DENVER — February 11, 2014 - Fifty Colorado immigrants originally from 24 countries will take the Oath of Allegiance to become United States citizens on Feb. 19 at the History Colorado Center during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony. This is the first naturalization ceremony hosted by History Colorado, which takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Anschutz Hamilton Hall. Museum visitors are invited to watch.
USCIS Field Office Director Andrew Lambrecht and Immigration Judge Eileen R. Trujillo will preside over the ceremony, which includes the Oath of Allegiance, the Faces of America video and message from President Barack Obama, and a performance of the “Colorado Song” by Denver School of the Arts students.
“We are honored that the History Colorado Center will be the place where fifty Coloradans, who have worked so hard to earn the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship, see their dream come true,” said History Colorado Center COO Kathryn Hill, who will welcome families. “As we participate in this momentous occasion with our new citizens and their loved ones, we encourage people to come to the History Colorado Center and see how our nation’s civic process works and bear witness to this life-changing moment in their personal histories.”
Each new citizen will receive a complimentary membership to History Colorado, as well as free museum admission for them and their families the day of the ceremony. Following the ceremony, families will attend a reception where they can register to vote and apply for a U.S. passport.
Countries represented include: Belarus, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Sudan, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the former Soviet Union.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling the requirements established by Congress. After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote. During fiscal year 2013, approximately 778,000 immigrants were naturalized nationwide. More information is online at www.uscis.gov/citizenship.
History Colorado's mission is to inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. We serve as the state's memory, preserving the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through our museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections, and outreach to Colorado communities. Find History Colorado on all major social media platforms. Visit HistoryColorado.org or call (303) HISTORY for more information.