Special U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony at Glacier Point

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Candidates line up to check in at the Glacier Point Naturalization Ceremony

Sixty-five people became naturalized citizens of the United States at Yosemite Valley’s most famous overlook on June 27, 2013. In a special ceremony commemorating Independence Day, candidates received their own American flag before taking the Oath of Allegiance. They then recited the Pledge of Allegiance as newly certified U.S. citizens. Conducted at the Glacier Point amphitheater, the ceremony takes on particular significance as the view overlooking Nevada Fall with Half Dome looming in the background reminds citizens of what is known as “America’s Best Idea” – the national park system.

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Superintendent Neubacher addresses the citizen candidates              Kari Cobb NPS Photos

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Candidates take the Oath of Allegiance

The ceremony’s speakers included Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher and representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in Fresno and Sacramento. The citizen candidates came from all around the world including Mexico, Fiji, Cambodia, Russia, and Guatemala.

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A new U.S. citizen leads the others in the Pledge of Allegiance

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Yosemite Mounted Patrol

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First order of business for a new U.S. citizen: apple pie             Kari Cobb NPS Photos

The new citizens were joined by their family and friends as they celebrated the end of their journey to become American citizens with the presentation of colors by the Yosemite Mounted Patrol, a rendition of the National Anthem, and servings of apple pie courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite.

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