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United States Citizen Naturalization Ceremony
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I was proud to serve as the Indianapolis Bar Association representative for the naturalization ceremony held on Jan. 10, 2013. It was a professional honor to be able to congratulate 44 new citizens on behalf of the IBA and Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, but it was also a personal honor, as my friend and neighbor Marithe Benavente was one of the citizens participating in this ceremony.

After court was opened, welcome remarks were given by the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt. She told the soon-to-be U.S. citizens to relax because this was a happy occasion. She also told them to be brave. “You can tell your children and grandchildren, ‘Because I made the journey, you’re here today.’”

On behalf of the IBA, I presented each new citizen with a book containing the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Indiana to remind them of the rights of liberty and justice that we enjoy every day in our lives as Americans.

To complete the ceremony, the eldest citizen being naturalized was presented with a flag that had flown over the United States Capitol Building, and the youngest new U.S. citizen led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Having the opportunity to be a part of this ceremony and meet my new fellow citizens made me feel very proud to be an American.

Below: Jim with his neighbors Marithe Benavente and Jared Anderson. Ceremony.jpg

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