Naturalization Ceremony

Newest citizens celebrating at Fort Union
Newest citizens celebrating at Fort Union

Richard Gonzales

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News Release Date: May 3, 2017

Contact: Lorenzo Vigil, 505-425-8025

Fort Union National Monument is pleased to announce its first special event of the year. A Naturalization Ceremony to be held on Friday May 12, 2017 from 1 pm-2 pm. In celebration of Mother’s Day this Naturalization Ceremony will honor women on this special day. Join these women and their families on this special afternoon as they become American citizens. 


Come and #findyourpark - #encuentratuparque at Fort Union NM. This is an incredible opportunity for individuals to earn American Citizenship and take the Oath of Allegiance at your backyard National Park. This Oath of Allegiance will be taken by applicants as they will be granted Citizenship after all their hard work in learning what it means to be an American. As new U.S. citizens, they will now be entitled to the same rights, obligations, and opportunities as all other Americans. These new citizens will have the ability to vote, hold public office, carry a U.S. passport, serve on a jury, work for the US government, and serve as an officer in the armed forces.


The immigrants who will be naturalized originally came from these 10 countries: China, Columbia, Cuba, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and South Korea.


Historically during Fort Unions 40 year existence many people volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army to become U.S. citizens. During the Civil War period African American and Irish American soldiers influenced the modern vision of national citizenship. By bearing arms for the Union, African Americans and Irish Americans exhibited their loyalty to the United States and their capacity to act as citizens; they strengthened their American identity in the process. Come and visit Fort Union and be a part of this unforgettable moment.


This event is a great opportunity to explore the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Visit to learn more about the National Park Service and other events taking place throughout the year.


Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic Fort Union and ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, NM, onto State Hwy. 161, 8 miles. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025. You can find our free APP in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Search for Fort Union National Monument. Visit, or like on us on Facebook at



Last updated: May 3, 2017

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