That’s over 50 people from nearly 30 different nations taking the “Oath of Allegiance”, the final step towards United States citizenship. This is the 5th year such ceremonies have been held on the 4th of July in Northampton. U-S District Court Judge Michael Ponsor presided over the event. He says welcoming new citizens to the country on the 4th is symbolic. He says the battle for independence by the nation’s forefathers and the journey to citizenship are similar in nature.
“The courage that they showed in creating the country, I think is parallel to the courage people show in leaving the land of their birth, coming to a new place and having faith they can build a happy, productive life here.”