“[W]hen once our feet have touched this soil, when once we have made this land our home, wherever our place of birth, whatever our race, we are all blended in one common country. All artificial distinctions of lineage and rank are cast aside. We all rejoice in the title of Americans.” Calvin Coolidge
On Monday, August 11, we were honored to host a naturalization ceremony welcoming nineteen immigrants as America’s newest citizens. These immigrants came from sixteen different countries. Judge Colleen A. Brown presided over the ceremony and we were very pleased to work in partnership with U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. Coolidge Foundation chairman Amity Shlaes welcomed the immigrants and more than 100 others who packed into the Great Room at the Notch to witness the ceremony. This is the first time such a ceremony has been held at Plymouth Notch. Jenny Sayles Harville sang the National Anthem and executive director Matt Denhart gave keynote remarks.
We will host another naturalization ceremony on July 4, 2015, and hope all will join us. In the meantime, please watch our videos of the ceremony (Part One and Part Two), and enjoy the pictures. We have several pictures below in this email. You can find all the pictures from the ceremony HERE.