llinois Secretary of State Jesse White today held the state’s fifth official U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day Celebration. Seventy-seven people from 27 countries were sworn-in as citizens at the celebration.
“Today’s celebration is an opportunity for us to commemorate the document that laid the foundation for our great nation,” White said. “In witnessing people from other nations taking the oath of citizenship, we can reflect on what it means to be an American.
The event, which included a Naturalization Ceremony, a parade of flags and musical selections, was held at Richard J. Daley Plaza. U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan presided over the Naturalization Ceremony.
“Let us all take a moment to appreciate the many freedoms our Constitution provides, and celebrate the bond we now share with those becoming new citizens of the United States of America,” White said.
Over the past five years, more than 450 people from over 65 countries have been sworn-in as citizens during this ceremony. White honored the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services its assistance to the new citizens.
Mai Martinez, anchor from CBS 2, served as emcee for the event. The U.S. Navy Band provided musical performances. Officials from the U.S. District Court and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services participated in the ceremony. Also, Bugles Across America, the Joint Service Color Guard Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and Patton JROTC Academy participated in the ceremony.