new citizens

new citizens
Independence Day. Monticello’s 48th annual celebration and naturalization ceremony. New Americans from Pakistan, El Salvador, Panama, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Colombia, Jamaica, Germany, China, India, Burma, Russia, Honduras, Venezuela, Peru, South Africa, Bolivia, Belgium, Canada, Afghanistan, United Kingdom, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Brazil, Phillipines, Korea, Vietnam, Armenia, Ghana, Netherlands and Azerbaijan recite the pledge of allegiance following their recitation of the oath of citizenship and acceptance as US citizens.

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.

Charlottesville Municipal Band
time-machine Independence Day 2005

Author: WmX

I stumbled off the track to success in 1968, started chasing shadows that summer. Since then, In addition to farm-laborer and newspaper photographer my occupational incarnations include dishwasher, janitor, retail photo clerk, plumber, HVAC repairman, auto mechanic, CAT scan technologist, computer worker and politico (whatever it takes to buy a camera.) I am on the road to understanding black and white photography.

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