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Homestead National Monument of America is honored to host a United States Citizenship and Naturalization Ceremony on Thursday, September 17, 2015. New citizens will take their Oath of Allegiance to the United States at the ceremony, which will take place at 2 p.m. in the Education Center's courtyard. The public is invited to attend this important and moving ceremony.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. Citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling the requirements established by Congress. After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. Citizens, including the right to vote.
"The Homestead Act encouraged both immigration to the United States and migration within the country. The Naturalization ceremonies we hold today reflect the basic homesteading principle of welcoming new citizens to build our country," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.
As September 17 is Constitution Day, the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Bar Foundation will be conducting a free class for high school students at Homestead prior to the ceremony. The class will focus on the United States Constitution and the knowledge required to pass the naturalization test.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday-Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.on weekends. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/index.
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