Naturalization ceremony

New citizens take their oaths at a Flag Day naturalization ceremony at Homestead National Monument of America earlier this year.

In celebration of Constitution Day, Homestead National Monument of America will host a citizenship and naturalization ceremony on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Thirty-two new citizens will take their oath of allegiance to the United States at the ceremony. The event will take place at the Homestead Education Center, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign residents 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.

“The Homestead Act had an impact upon immigration in the United States. The naturalization ceremonies we hold today reflect upon this part of our nation’s homestead story,” said Superintendent Mark Engler.

This is the second naturalization ceremony that Homestead National Monument of America has hosted this year, with the previous ceremony taking place on Flag Day, June 14.

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