Sullivans students visit new immigrants at Naturalization Ceremony
Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan almost 50 lucky students from The Sullivans School in Yokosuka, Japan had a once-in-a-lifetime-experience viewing a Naturalization Ceremony held at the Chapel of Hope on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) on January 26, 2016. The moving ceremony was organized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Branch of the United States Embassy in Japan.
The 33 candidates for citizenship hailed from 15 different countries including Jamaica, the Philippines, Ghana, Kenya, China, Togo, Haiti, Ethiopia, Ukraine Peru, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan, and Canada. The candidates were presented with certificates of citizenship following an inspiring keynote speech delivered by CMDCM (AW/SS) Joseph D. Fahrney. The 33 candidates included family members of U.S servicemen and women and 9 service members currently serving in the United States Military.
The Sullivans students were captivated by the emotional ceremony which included many real world Social Studies concepts they had previously experienced only in textbooks.
Chloe Bogen, a multiage 4/5 student stated, “It was so cool to see them become Americans! Maybe now, we will become one big cuddly family, but not literally, only in our hearts.”
Kaylee Kong, another Sullivans Student said, “I felt honored to be there, it was fascinating.”
Many of the family and friends in the audience became inspired as the new citizens voiced an oath of allegiance, and then repeated the Pledge of Allegiance before adjourning to another room for a reception and picture taking. U.S Embassy staff was on hand to accept the new citizen’s applications for passports.