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Put-in-Bay celebrates Independence Day with new citizens

PUT-IN-BAY (Toledo News Now) -

Thursday morning at Put-in-Bay, there was a very special ceremony that encompassed both civil liberties and civic duties.

Organizers of the event said there's no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by naturalizing 10 new American citizens from nine different countries.

Under the shadow of the Perry Victory and International Peace Memorial, 10 individuals took their oath of citizenship. The event was a celebration of Independence Day, as well as the American spirit. In addition to the ceremony, it was also the 100th anniversary of the laying of the monument's cornerstone.

That's all party of why organizers say they chose the national park as the site.

"These national parks are the treasures of our country that we preserve and protect for all Americans," said Steven Roberts with the National Parks Service. "We welcome them here, and it's going to be a great way to start their time as American citizens.

The new citizens hail from Cameroon, Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines and more. They bring with them a diversity of cultures and different reasons for wanting citizenship.

"Since I am here, I would like to be able to influence the society by voting," said Velaug Emch, from Norway.

Along with the naturalization ceremony, dozens of new military recruits were sworn into service.

"It's our nation's birthday, so what a great day to swear into the military," said Taylor Geary, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Organizers hope the sight of new service men and women, along with new citizens taking their oaths, will remind current citizens of what we all have here in our country, and that we never take civil liberties for granted.

Upcoming events for the Perry Victory monument include:

  • Central Ohio Symphony free concert, July 6
  • Commodore Perry's birthday celebration, August 23
  • The War of 1812 lecture series, September 3-6

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