Naturalization and Wreath Ceremony Aboard the Battleship for Memorial Day

Camden, N.J. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Mount Laurel Field Office Director Ya-Mei Chen will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony on board the historic Battleship New Jersey on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m.  The ceremony will take place on the Battleship’s fantail (tented rear deck). 

The ceremony will start with a wreath ceremony by the Bishop Eustace Knights of Columbus. USCIS Newark District Director, Dr. John Thompson, will welcome the new citizens and guests. Candidates include a member of the U.S. Air Force and a veteran who, 45 years after serving this country in the U.S. Army, will become a U.S. citizen.

The 38 citizenship candidates originate from the following 27 countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

May is Military Appreciation Month. This event is part of USCIS’s annual celebration to remember all of the members of our armed forces for their tireless dedication to duty, our country and the freedoms we all enjoy. Current members of U.S. armed forces and recently discharged service members are authorized, under special provisions of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), an expedited application and naturalization process. Over 729,000 people naturalized as U.S. citizens during fiscal year 2015. Of these, 7,521 are members of the military.

USCIS is asking new citizens and their families and friends to share their experience and photos from their ceremonies via social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.