Nearly 60 people became U.S. citizens at Moores Creek National Battlefield in September.
Hundreds of people attended the Naturalization Ceremony at Moores Creek Battlefield , 40 Patriots Hall Drive in Currie, as 59 immigrants were sworn in as new American citizens on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to Matthew Woods, chief of Interpretation and Education at the battlefield.
The day will always have special meaning for those who were sworn in, Woods said. Some new citizens came from as far as Charlotte and Greensboro to take part in the ceremony.
“Their families could be seen waving flags and wiping tears,” Woods said.
Moores Creek battlefield is the site of the first patriot victory of the American Revolution and where the country’s freedoms were first forged, Woods said. The ceremony was hosted by Moores Creek National Battlefield, various chapters of the N.C. Daughters of the American Revolution, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Another Naturalization Ceremony is currently being planned for April 2016 during National Park Week.
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, Moores Creek National Battlefield, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Daughters of the American Revolution will partner to swear in 100 new citizens to honor 100 years of preservation of America’s special places, Woods said. The event will also encourage the new citizens to find their national park and become the next generation of park stewards during the second century of stewardship.
Guest speakers at the September ceremony included park Superintendent Ricardo Perez, Director of N.C. Veterans Affairs Ilario Pantano, Field Office Director of the N.C. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Jay Weselmann and Pender County Commissioner Demetrice Keith.
Others involved in making this special day happen for these new citizens included the Heide Trask High School JROTC, who posted the colors for the ceremony; Terah Wilson, who sang the National Anthem; Lisa English, Vice Regent for the Battle of Rockfish Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Ben Sorensen, President of the Cape Fear Revolutionary War Round Table, who served as the emcee for the event; and all of the volunteers who support operations at Moores Creek National Battlefield.