Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011
On October 14th, the park and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) held a naturalization ceremony for 47 people seeking United States citizenship.
The newly appointed citizens, representing over two dozen countries, participated in the hour-long celebration along with family and friends. The event program included music, various speakers, the Oath of Allegiance, an audio message from President Obama congratulating the new citizens, and the presentation of certificates.
USCIS chose the park, a Revolutionary War battlefield, because it symbolized American freedom. As the Service's first Revolutionary War park, 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. "I'm 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," said Ayatid Abdelrahmn, another 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.