Law Day Naturalization Ceremony

Serving Families Throughout Jacksonville

I was invited to attend the Law Day Naturalization Ceremony this week. 49 applicants from 29 different countries were sworn in as our newest citizens. I watched the pride on their faces as they said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem for the first time as citizens of the United States of America. Each person was asked to introduce themselves and tell us where they were from. For their own unique reasons these people traveled the long and difficult path to citizenship in order to seek out the freedom, opportunity and equal justice under the law offered by our great nation. The ceremony was extremely moving and it occurred to me that these new citizens had realized what many of us often take for granted. That is that we live in the greatest country in history of the world.