2014 Changes to the Superintendent's Compendium
Point Reyes National Seashore will be including an unmanned aircraft closure to the Superintendent's Compendium. The NPS invites the public to submit written suggestions, comments, and concerns about this change. Comment deadline is August 19. More »
Point Reyes National Seashore 4th Annual Naturalization Ceremony
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Embrace Citizenship - Experience America Through Your National Parks
Point Reyes Station, CA - 20 candidates from 12 countries became new citizens during a ceremony at Point Reyes National Seashore on Friday, September 20, 2013. This was one of many naturalization ceremonies taking place in national parks during Citizenship Week under a partnership between the National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The countries represented by the candidates this year included Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand.
"How appropriate to take the oath of citizenship in a National Park like Point Reyes National Seashore," stated Cicely Muldoon, Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore. "National Parks are a uniquely American idea. It is an honor to welcome these new citizens here at Point Reyes National Seashore."
The ceremony took place at the Bear Valley Picnic Area at Point Reyes National Seashore. Superintendent Cicely Muldoon made brief remarks. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Field Office Director Robin Barrett administered the Oath of Allegiance to America's newest citizens. The National Anthem was sung by children from West Marin School.
"I can't think of places more appropriate to welcome a new generation of American citizens than national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "These parks, which are owned by all Americans, are not only places of stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife, but across this country the nearly 400 national parks preserve our nation’s fascinating history and protect our rich cultural heritage. From the Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico to Ellis Island in New York City, national parks ensure our nation's artifacts and records are protected for generations to come."
The National Park Service and USCIS recently renewed a formal partnership to enhance citizenship ceremonies by holding them in national parks throughout the country. The agreement helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation's most significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for citizenship ceremonies, where new citizens can learn about and reflect on American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship.
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