Naturalization Ceremonies Welcome 100 New Citizens Friday

Sunday, December 8, 2019
From left, Mary Word, Christy Torok and Linda Crawford await the arrival of naturalized citizens  to the refreshment table after having participated in the Oath of Allegiance ceremonies. Not pictured is Candace Barger.
From left, Mary Word, Christy Torok and Linda Crawford await the arrival of naturalized citizens to the refreshment table after having participated in the Oath of Allegiance ceremonies. Not pictured is Candace Barger.

Naturalization Day on Friday at The Joel Soloman Federal Building was a busy scene as 100 people were naturalized in two separate ceremonies taking the Oath of Allegiance; one held in the morning; and the second ceremony in the afternoon.

The Honorable Harry S. Mattice, Jr., presided. The Sale Creek JROTC Color Guard presented the American flag and the Tennessee state flag; retired the colors; and lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.

DAR chapters in Chattanooga, the largest women’s service organization in the world with over one million members), gave the ‘Welcome’ and provided favors for all new citizens; and also provided refreshments for the new citizens. 

Hostess duties by DAR members include making people feel at ease by friendly conversation; giving directions to restrooms; assisting with any needs by adults and children awaiting their time to enter the courtroom; making sure that every new citizen is invited to enjoy refreshments of lemonade, punch and cookies; and taking family photos when requested by those wishing “that special photo as a new U.S. citizen.”

From as early as 1910, the DAR has helped immigrants become naturalized citizens. For close to 85 years, the DAR has compiled and published the DAR Manual For Citizenship.  More than 12 million copies of this book were given free to immigrants seeking American citizenship.   

Today, the manual continues to be useful for those studying to become citizens as well as for students learning about U.S. citizenship and immigration. This manual can be used as a tool in the classroom to demonstrate the many facts new citizens are required to know before they can complete their naturalization process.  The manual covers topics such as: the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, democracy, U.S. government, roles of citizens, the U.S. flag, Statute of Liberty and becoming a citizen.

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