Naturalization Ceremony

In 2011, Old Salem hosted a naturalization ceremony in their town square.  Dozens of people from a number of different countries became new American citizens during a Naturalization Ceremony when they took the United States Oath of Allegiance.

Again this year, the Ceremony will be conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff, and again will take place on the same spot where the first official July 4th celebration in the U.S. took place in Salem in 1783.

Below is an image I composed to celebrate the naturalization ceremonies taking place at Old Salem. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th of July.

These were printed up into postcards and Old Salem will hand these out to those new US citizens.

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2 Responses to Naturalization Ceremony

  1. Angela Bortone says:

    I love how you blended the images of the new immigrants and the colonial Americans into the American flag. What a nice gift for the new citizens!

  2. artist says:

    Thanks. This public ceremony has become a relatively new tradition for Old Salem. Or perhaps it is more apt to say, a revival of an old tradition, since Old Salem was the site of the very 1st celebration of Independence Day.

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