Tuesday, October 6, 2009

American man

Congratulations to Alex! He officially became a US citizen yesterday. Lily and I accompanied him to his naturalization ceremony. It was very interesting to see all the different people participating. There were 147 people representing 44 different countries. Let's just say there were a lot of people in a very small auditorium. We arrived early hoping to get a seat to watch and luckily got one of the last seats available. All the new citizens had to sit up front so that only left about three rows for all the family and friends. Lily got all dressed up for the special occasion. She brought her purse packed with toys and her flag.
Let's see, where did I put my lipstick? Just kidding!
The only downer was the ceremony started an hour LATE! We arrived another half hour early so Lily was about ready to melt down before the actual ceremony started. This is Alex patiently waiting with his fellow inductee's. I am not sure if that is what you call them but it sounds right. As you can see everyone is anxiously waiting the start on the edge of their seat...or listening to Pearl Jam on their ipod.
The stage where they receive their certificate. Nothing says America more than a huge eagle on top of a flag.
During the ceremony they all raised their right hand and swore the oath.
Here is what he swore:
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
I would like to add a portion. "I swear to be good to my wife and buy her nice things." I think that was covered in our wedding vows though.
This is our lovely daughter about half way through the ceremony. Seriously Lily.
Alex our handsome American man!
Here is a video of them announcing Alex's name and him walking up to the stage to get his certificate. Sorry it is not very good but I was stuck in the back of the room and had a whining child at my feet.

What a great day! We are so relieved to have this whole process finished. Alex will be applying for his US passport soon. After that is finished we will send off for Lily's UK passport! Now I am going to be the only person in the family with only one!


  1. Hi Sara,

    Congratulations to Alex on becoming a U.S. citizen. It looked like a very exciting day.Lily certainly looked excited, and quite tired half way through...

    I saw that Alex plans to apply for a passport. Just wanted to let you know that the process can take some time, so its good to plan ahead. However, if you have a an upcoming family trip, you could always expedite your passport processing with a service like http://www.RushMyPassport.com. They also have a website to assist U.K. citizens get your passport: http://www.RushMyPassport.co.uk .

    Happy Fall!


  2. That is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing this event.