General Davie DAR in naturalization ceremony

Jan. 04, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

Recently the General Davie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution participated in a naturalization ceremony at the Raleigh-Durham Field Office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Prior to the ceremony, Sherry Handfinger provided patriotic music played on her flute.  The Riverside High School JROTC, led by Sgt. Gerald Mitchell, posted the colors.  Michael Boczkowski, Immigration Services officer, gave the introduction and welcome.  Glenn Sappie, past state president of the North Carolina Sons of the American Revolution, was the guest speaker.  There were 60 new citizens from 38 countries.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr. gave the Oath of Allegiance and Address. 

After reciting the Oath of Allegiance, the new citizens said the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The Oath of Allegiance

“I hereby declare on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;

“That I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign, and domestic;

“That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;

“That I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law;

“That I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law;

“And that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;

“So help me God.”

DAR members (most were in Colonial costume) participating were  Fran Ferrell, regent; Joyce Holcomb, Carolyn Parker, Jean Gurtner, Marcia Loudon, Jane Hogan, Collette Cousins and Sherry Handfinger.  DAR members gave each new citizen a flag, a flag key chain, and a Pledge of Allegiance bookmark.