On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 49 immigrants from over 25 different countries were granted citizenship during a naturalization ceremony held at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon.
As one of the last festivities of the city’s annual Cinco de Mayo festival, the ceremony proved to a solemn and meaningful event and especially significant during this point in the United States history.
The Portland Fire & Rescue Quartet, made up of Firefighters Scott Goetchius, Stew White, Joe Troncoso, and Zo Gonzales, began the ceremony with a rendition of the National Anthem. Click the video below to hear the Quartet’s performance.
The immigrants took the final step in the process of becoming a naturalized, United States citizens by taking the Oath of Allegiance and then celebrated with family, friends, and officials at a reception.
The naturalization ceremony was sponsored by the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association (PGSCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships and fostering goodwill between the City of Portland and the City of Guadalajara. Click here to visit the PGSCA Association’s official website.