Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011
On October 14th, the park in conjunction with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) held a naturalization ceremony for forty-seven individuals seeking United States citizenship. The newly appointed citizens along with family and friends representing over two dozen countries participated in the hour long celebration. The event program included music, various speakers, oath of allegiance, audio message from President Obama congratulating the new citizens followed by certificate presentations.
USCIS chose the park, a revolutionary war battlefield for it's ceremony location based upon it's ultimate symbol of American freedom. As the first revolutionary war park of the National Park Service system it proved to be a fitting venue. "Especially here at the park, as an amateur historian, this is really a dream come true for me. So it's been a long journey, 30-something years, but I finally did it today," said new U.S. citizen Paul Tombleson. The new citizens know all to well how precious freedom is in America. "Im dreaming of this all the time. When I am a little girl, I'm dreaming of coming to America and become a U.S. citizen and enjoy all the freedom, " stated Ayatid Abdelrahmn, new U.S. citizen.
The park would like to those who made this a safe and successful event. Especially keynote speakers Ely P. Boral and David Sisk of USCIS and Patricia Johnson, Daugthers of the American Revolution (Pledge of Allegiance). Also Grimsley High School Army Junior ROTC (Color Guard) and UNC-Greensboro "Spartones" (National Anthem). Special thanks goes out to Guilford Fife & Drum (patriotic music), Guilford ParkWatch (traffic control/parking), Col. Arthur Lee Forbis Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution (refreshments), news stations WFMY2, Fox 8, News 14 (TV coverage) and representatives from U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and U.S. Congressman Howard Coble's office for attending.