The United States District Court for the District of Kansas will hold a special naturalization ceremony at the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. The Honorable James P. O'Hara, Magistrate Judge for the District of Kansas, will preside over the ceremony on the grounds of the Fort, which features a welcome from Fort Scott Mayor Cindy Bartelsmeyer, musical performances from the Fort Scott High School band, orchestra and choir, and an address from the Honorable Mark A. Ward, District Judge of the 6th Judicial District. Pittsburg State University Army ROTC will present of colors and lead the new citizens in the pledge of allegiance.
Approximately 90 applicants will be naturalized at the ceremony, which is open to the public. In case of rain or other inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Fort Scott Memorial Hall.
Did You Know?
From 1869-73, soldiers were stationed near Fort Scott to protect a railroad being built through this area. Soldiers fought squatters who had formed an armed resistance to the railroad. This was one of few times in U.S. history that the army took up arms against civilians.