Record Number To Take Oath of Citizenship
During 4th of July  Festival

Press Release

N.C. 4th of July Festival Naturalization CeremonyJune 26, 2008 Southport, North Carolina (NC) - A record number of 96 individuals from 48 counties and every continent in the world will take their Oath of Citizenship and become United States citizens during the N.C. 4th of July Festival Naturalization Ceremony on Thursday, July 3rd at 4:45pm at Fort Johnston on the Garrison Lawn in Southport.

Since 1996, a Naturalization Ceremony has been incorporated into the N.C. 4th of July Festival and administered by what is now The United States Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). New citizens and spectators will be entertained by canon salutes, music by the Southport Community Choir & Sea Notes Choral Society and a patriotic finale provided by the Sunny Point Fireboat. The Main Address will be given by Dr. E. Thomas Wetzel, II, welcome from City of Southport Mayor Sandy Spencer and closing remarks by Mr. Jeffrey Sapko, USCIS.

The new citizens and their families will be invited to a reception after the event hosted by Brunswick Town Chapter NSDAR.

A festive mood will be set prior to the ceremony as the Brunswick Concert Band plays a selection of patriotic music from 4pm-4:45pm at Fort Johnston on the Garrison Lawn.

Because the N.C. 4th of July Festival Committee understands the importance and sacrifices made to ensure our right to vote, it has arranged for the Brunswick County Board of Elections to hold a voter registration event from 3pm-6pm at the Southport Community Building. Newly naturalized citizens, new residents to the county or state, or any citizen of the United States not already registered are encouraged to do so.

The Naturalization Ceremony is organized by the N.C. 4th of July Festival & US Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Service and sponsored by The State Port Pilot. For a complete festival calendar go to www.nc4thofjuly.com or for questions contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 910/457-6964.

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