A Great Day To Celebrate 3/5/2012
Did You Know? - Naturalization (or naturalisation) is the acquisition of citizenship and nationality by somebody who was not a citizen of that country at the time of birth.
We were pleasantly surprised when Brian and Jan told us of their plans to becomes US citizens and friends (Miss Vicky) even put together a study package made up of her teaching materials! We found out last weekend that Brian and Jan had a date and spent several days praying, worrying, thinking!
The plan was to meet and have dinner after the test and then go to dinner... No matter the results! The results were as expected, they passed the test with flying colors and are awaiting a swearing in date.
The "gang" called in and talked to Brian and Jan including Marcia and Leon Brander, Ed and Kathy Roberts, Bob and Donna Zaitz, Hans Thedens, and Vicky and Del Kuhn! We all were so very happy for Brian and Jan.
Did You Know? - The United States Oath of Allegiance (officially referred to as the "Oath of Allegiance," 8 C.F.R. Part 337 (2008)) is an oath that must be taken by all immigrants who wish to become United States citizens. The first officially recorded Oaths of Allegiance were made on May 30, 1778 at Valley Forge, during the Revolutionary War.
When Brian and Jan entered the Elks Lodge we were worried
until they flashed the "THUMBS UP" signal
Let's Back Up About Two Weeks First
Vicky knew the test was coming and prepared study materials
At the Garden Grove Elks we had a lesson!
"Blimey! I can do this!"
"Vicky had everything needed to become a college professor in her kit!"
The Interview And Test Was Passed! Time To Celebrate
Where better to celebrate than at the Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar??
Phone Home E.T.?
Look at the smiles!
Herbie and Irene decided to join us when they found out Monday night (Alpine Village)
Did You Know? - The flag and the bag were from Irene and Herbie... A flag for success and a bottle should they have not made it (we knew the bottle would NOT be needed)
It was a wonderful feeling to see our friends so happy
Lookin' good Brian!!
Quotation To Remember: America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true.? ~James T. Farrell
Brian recants the days events... Missing lawyer... Large dossier.... Great interviewer
Jan was very animated this evening assisting Brian with the story
Irene and Herbie listened intently
Quotation To Remember: The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.? ~Author Unknown
The wine flowed freely after the champagne
Dinner is done.... Time to relax!
Quotation To Remember: True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.? ~Dave Tyson Gentry
Go home and unwind... Now they wait for the Oath of Allegiance date ... About a month away
Quotation To Remember: It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations.? ~Henry Cabot Lodge
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.