National Parks hold significance for new citizens in the United States

by Ray Clancy on October 15, 2013

National Parks in the United States are becoming an increasingly popular place for those who have decided to become US citizens to hold their celebrations.

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In September, tens of thousands of immigrants become US citizens during Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebrations

The breathtaking scenery is increasingly becoming the backdrop for citizenship ceremonies, according to the latest figures from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Many ceremonies are held during one week in September when tens of thousands of immigrants become citizens during a weeklong celebration which takes in Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Along with National Parks, other popular venues are museums, historic libraries and government landmarks are popular for taking the Oath of Allegiance. ‘It is a time for all Americans to reflect on what it means to be a US citizen,’ said USCIS director Alejandro Mayorkas.

USCIS’s ongoing partnership with the National Park Service and a recent agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services allow USCIS to showcase some of the nation’s prominent landmarks and important community institutions during the citizenship celebrations.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is celebrated each year on 17 September in remembrance of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Since 1952, Citizenship Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Constitution Day.

Congress first underscored the significance of US citizenship in 1940, when it designated the third Sunday in May as I Am an American Day. In 2004, Congress changed the designation of this day to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

This year President Barack Obama paid tribute to the nation’s immigrants and their important role in creating modern America. ‘America’s Constitution has inspired nations to demand control of their own destinies. It has called multitudes to seek freedom and prosperity on our shores,’ he said.

‘We are a proud nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story,’ he declared.

‘Throughout our history, immigrants have embraced the spirit of liberty, equality, and justice for all, the same ideals that stirred the patriots of 1776 to rise against an empire, guided the Framers as they built a stronger republic, and moved generations to bridge our founding promise with the realities of our time,’ he added.

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