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USA Flags @ Oath Ceremony

Since 1742, Faneuil Hall's Georgian-style Great Hall has been used for many public meetings and celebrations, and it continues to play a prominent role in Boston’s civic life today through debates on community issues, mayoral inaugurations, and naturalization ceremonies for new Americans. I attended two such ceremonies recently, and my today's photograph shows the "Oath Ceremony" for the immigrants who are about to get American citizenship. All of my photos in the Faneuil Hall series were taken from the Great Hall's gallery where I was seated among other gests and visitors.


Naturalization ceremonies are held weekly / bi-weekly at Faneuil Hall. Like other Oath Ceremonies in Massachusetts, these are also administered by a judge in a court ceremony. The Great Hall can accomodate over 1,000 people, including the guests and visitors. Understandably, the Ceremony held in this rich historic setting is especially festive and memorable once-in-a-life-time experience. The 'Oath of Allegiance' must be taken by all immigrants who wish to become citizens of the USA.


"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 the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the 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."

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Taken on March 1, 2012