Almost 200 candidates for American citizenship marked Nov. 8, 2013 on their calendar as they prepared for their final step towards American citizenship. Hosted by the NSSAR, Secretary General Lindsey Cook Brock welcomed the candidates to the Louisville Memorial Auditorium where the ceremony took place. Secretary General Brock recognized their efforts to become citizens and the importance of participating in civic responsibilities.
The Honorable H. Brent Brennenstuhl, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Kentucky administered the Oath of Allegiance. Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl spoke to the new American citizens about his own family’s citizenship journey several generations ago. He emphasized how he and his family have benefited from his ancestor’s determination to become United States citizens. Holding up his ancestor’s framed citizenship certificate, he stated that by becoming an American citizen they will have made a lasting positive impact on their families for generations to come.
Fatuma Noor Abdi’s long road to citizenship stood out when these newest citizens began to share their stories at the reception. A French documentary team based out of Miami has painstakingly documented the family’s struggles from the slums of Somalia to America. Fatuma Noor and her entire family immigrated to the United States, specifically Salt Lake City, Utah, about 10 years ago. It is fitting that the final segment to the documentary was filmed in Louisville, Kentucky where she now calls home. Fatuma Noor is the last member of the family to become a citizen.
NSSAR congratulates these new American citizens from the following countries:
China Cuba Mexico
Canada United Kingdom Philippines
Bosnia Herzegovina Lebanon Egypt
India Senegal Ethiopia
Somalia Vietnam Croatia
Slovakia Iraq Turkey
Algeria Australia Russia
Burma Gambia Nigeria
Bangladesh Pakistan Lithuania
El Salvador Peru Cambodia
Nepal Afghanistan Micronesia
Israel Germany Syria
Cameroon Kosovo Dominican Republic
Macedonia Thailand Liberia
Rwanda Guatemala Argentina
After the ceremony, attendees were led to NSSAR Headquarters by the National Color Guard. While posing for photographs in front of the SAR’s museum collection with Judge Brennenstuhl and Color Guard members, guests also viewed a traveling exhibit on George Washington. “The Many Faces of George Washington” examines the multi-dimensional, real life man behind the myth. It was produced by Mount Vernon in conjunction with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. An engaging arrangement of exhibit panels use color graphics of paintings, photographs, and iconic objects from the Mount Vernon collection to illustrate the many facets of Washington’s leadership. “The Many Faces of George Washington” exhibit will be on display through December 16, 2013.