An estimated 50 people from 30 countries will be naturalized in a ceremony at Middletown City Hall on Wednesday, July 1 at 1pm. The Oath of Allegiance will be administered by the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill, U.S. District Court Judge for Connecticut. After the Oath is administered, the ceremony will continue with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of The Star-Spangled Banner, followed by remarks from federal, state and local officials. After the ceremony, new citizens will have the opportunity to register to vote courtesy of the Registrar of Voters, City of Middletown.
Arthur Meyers, Director of Russell Library, is the organizer of this annual ceremony. “It’s always moving, especially being from a family of immigrants,” said Meyers last year, “It’s been going on for 17 years here.” This event brings together officials at all levels of government, veterans’ groups, and other organizations to honor and celebrate the country’s newest citizens, and to reaffirm the values and commitment that are shared by all citizens of the United States.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and celebrate the rights and opportunities of all citizens of the United States, old and new!