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Naturalization Ceremony Honors Over 1000 New US Citizens at Special Independence Day Ceremony at Atlanta Braves Turner Field

Ms Kathy Redman, USCIS SE Regional Administrator administering the Oath of Allegiance.

HUD SE Regional Administrator Jennings
giving keynote congratulatory remarks.

With US flags waving over 1000 elated new US citizens from 120 countries took the Oath of Allegiance to America on July 2nd as part of the Independence Day naturalization ceremony at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Georgia. US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Atlanta Office, collaborated with the Atlanta Braves organization to host the special ceremony in celebration of our nation’s Independence Day, 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and American Citizenship. Ms. Kathy Redman, USCIS Southeast Regional Director administered the oath and US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr was the keynote speaker and provided congratulatory remarks.

"I am especially honored to be the first person to address each of you today as, my fellow American. In becoming citizens today, you have demonstrated your commitment to this country, your country, our country and we honor your achievement." said Jennings. "With a single solemn oath, you are now U.S. citizens with all the rights and freedoms that our Constitution guarantees."

The day was full of festivities, with a special video congratulatory message displayed on the stadium flat screen from President Obama, live entertainment from Braves marching band the Heavy Hitters, a warm welcome by the Braves mascot Homaer, and a pre-game parade on the field.

Program participants included Mr. John Schuerholz, President of the Atlanta Braves, providing welcoming remarks; The Dobbins Air Reserve Base Color Guard; vocalist Ms. Serenity performing the national anthem; Mr. Roxroy Collins, Acting Field Office Director, presenting the Call of Countries and Presentation of the candidates; and Ms. Kathy Redman, Southeast Regional Director, who administered the Oath of Allegiance and provided congratulatory remarks; and Mr. Joseph Kernan, Deputy District Director, as the master of ceremony.