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Constitution Week Naturalizations at National Parks

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USCIS celebrated Citizenship Day, Constitution Day and Constitution Week by naturalizing citizenship candidates during special ceremonies held across the United States at National Park Service venues.

Photo added October 12: A naturalization ceremony held at Arches National Park in September 2010
Photo added October 12: A naturalization ceremony held at Arches National Park on September 24, 2010

The ceremonies embraced the theme "Embrace Citizenship - Experience America through Your National Parks."

Director Mayorkas with new citizens in front of Lincoln Memorial

During a special naturalization ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas administered the Oath of Allegiance and presented Patrick Corvington, CEO for the Corporation for National and Community Service and native of Haiti, with the Outstanding American by Choice (ABC) recognition. Following acceptance of the ABC, Mr. Corvington delivered the keynote to the 27 new Americans hailing from 17 countries.

Also included in the ceremony was National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis who provided welcoming remarks and Naval Corpsman Jhonny Alexander Franco Garcia, a native of Colombia who recited the Pledge of Allegiance. After the special ceremony all 27 new citizens posed for a portrait on the steps of the beautiful monument with Director Mayorkas, Director Jarvis and Mr. Corvington.