In an emotional ceremony, twenty-five new American citizens were sworn-in yesterday at the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis. It was the first time a naturalization event has been held on Cape Cod.
The new citizens come from eleven different countries, including Brazil, Jamaica, and Morocco.
The idea to conduct the ceremony on the Cape came from Lem Skidmore, of Catholic Social Services. He helps immigrants prepare for the tests required for attaining citizenship. “As we began to get a critical mass of people who were ready to naturalize," he said, "I thought it would be nicer for people to do it here in Hyannis rather than travel all the way up to Boston.”
Aspiring citizens must fulfill residency and other legal requirements before they can apply for citizenship. They also have to pass an English and a civics test.
Pictures from yesterday's swearing-in are posted above.