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morning at Put-in-Bay, there was a very special ceremony that encompassed both
civil liberties and civic duties.
of the event said there's no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by
naturalizing 10 new American citizens from nine different countries.
the shadow of the Perry Victory and International Peace Memorial, 10
individuals took their oath of citizenship. The event was a celebration of
Independence Day, as well as the American spirit. In addition to the ceremony,
it was also the 100th anniversary of the laying of the monument's
all party of why organizers say they chose the national park as the site.
national parks are the treasures of our country that we preserve and protect
for all Americans," said Steven Roberts with the National Parks Service. "We
welcome them here, and it's going to be a great way to start their time as
new citizens hail from Cameroon, Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines and more. They
bring with them a diversity of cultures and different reasons for wanting
I am here, I would like to be able to influence the society by voting," said
Velaug Emch, from Norway.
with the naturalization ceremony, dozens of new military recruits were sworn
our nation's birthday, so what a great day to swear into the military," said
Taylor Geary, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
hope the sight of new service men and women, along with new citizens taking
their oaths, will remind current citizens of what we all have here in our
country, and that we never take civil liberties for granted.
events for the Perry Victory monument include: