Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on the Battleship NC

On a lovely sunny day, Patriot Guard Riders stood erect with flags to welcome guests aboard the Battleship North Carolina for a special immigration ceremony! After the NJROTC Color Guard and Sword Detail from Ashley High School marched in to display the colors of branches of our Armed Forces and the National Anthem was beautifully sung by Dolly Witt, Ret. US Air Force, Otway Burns Chapter, NSDAR, the soon to be US Citizens, along with family and friends were welcomed! Welcoming remarks were given by Lisa Wohlrab, Supervisory Immigration Services Officer. Ron Ortiz, Immigration Services Officer then did the Call of Nations and immigrants from a dozen or so countries took the Oath of Allegiance and became U. S. Citizens. 

U. S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank was the keynote speaker. Music was provided by the Symphonic Band of the Bands of Ashley High School. Next the new American Citizens stood with their families and friends to recite with pride the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. 

Along with our chapter, other chapters who helped to make this a wonderful event were: The Joseph Montfort Chapter, the Battle of Rockfish Chapter, the Otway Burns Chapter, the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter and the Richard Clinton Chapter of the NSDAR. This was a very special day! 

 Annetta Clark, Diane Kuebert, Carol Jutte and Martha Koletar all baked cookies for the event.

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