JUNE 14, 2017

The National Park Service and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will partner up to hold a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. (ET) at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. The public is invited to witness this stirring ceremony.

Chief United States District Judge Thomas A. Varlan will preside. Amanda North and Natasha Loyd from Oak Ridge High School will sing the national anthem. The Oak Ridge Police Department will provide the presentation of colors.

"National parks aren't just about scenic beauty. Rather, they also represent sites of conscience, and commemoration. These sites serve as the standard-bearers of our shared history and what it means to be American," Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas said. “As you contemplate what it means to be an American citizen and these places that you now own, I would ask you to also play a role in protecting them and preserving them. Get out and explore."

Naturalization is the process by which United States citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Naturalization ceremonies are a formal court proceeding in which foreign citizens or nationals are sworn in as United States citizens and receive their Certificate of Naturalization.

RELATED: Visit the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce BEGINNING Thursday, June 15, to celebrate the MONTH-LONG "Natural Synergy" photo exhibiT. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENT!

For more information or directions, please contact the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (865) 576-6767. Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Manhattan Project National Historical Park website for more information on the park. 

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