Thursday, September 27, 2012
To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the White House and federal government agencies have come together to celebrate our heritage and founding principles during Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. In his Presidential Proclamation for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, President Obama remarked:
“For more than two centuries, our country has drawn enterprising men and women from around the world -- individuals who have sought to build a life as good as their talents and their hard work would allow. Generations have crossed land and ocean because of the belief that, in America, all things are possible…Across our country, Americans are working side-by-side with our Nation's newest citizens to build strong, welcoming communities that embrace the talents and contributions of all their members.”
On September 11, 2012, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett spoke to new citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia. The ceremony welcomed 26 new citizens and also recognized our Nation’s heroes - Americans who keep our country safe and protect our cherished freedoms, including those who have sacrificed their lives defending us in our Armed Forces.
Valerie Jarrett described the event as “a day of celebration… and a day of remembrance” explaining the reasoning behind September 11th as a National Day of Service:
“Because we are one American family that fundamentally believes I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper. And we look out for each other, every single day. We honored the memory of those we lost on September 11th by welcoming new members into our family. As our newest Americans, they remind us of how precious citizenship is – of how much it is worth, and why it’s worth protecting, and why we should never take it for granted.”
To read more about this Naturalization Ceremony, click here.