Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Utimate Act of Patriotism

I am visiting my friends Dave and Sasha, up in Northampton Mass. This morning in front of their City Hall, I witnessed 30 people become Citizens of the United States.

Look below the photo for the words that are the oath they took. I think every American should repeat them on Independence Day.

(Thanks for the photo and the PC, Dave.)

They said
"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."

1 comment:

  1. I find that oath interesting as US now allows for dual citizenship. (My Wife is American Born Citizen with new Canadian Citizenship). I was at her ceremony for Can Cititenship last year and it was no less poinient and powerful. It was a very neat thing to witness. Glad you enjoyed that!


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