Naturalization ceremony at Fort Union National Monument set for May 11

2016 Naturalization Ceremony at Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico. (Photo by Richard Gonzales)

A U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony is planned Friday (May 11) from1 to 2 p.m. at Fort Union National Monument. An Oath of Allegiance will be taken by applicants who will be granted citizenship, a privilege they earned by learning what it means to be an American. As new U.S. citizens, these residents will now be entitled to the same rights, obligations, and opportunities as all other Americans, including the right to vote, hold public office, carry a U.S. passport, serve on a jury, work for the US government, and serve as an officer in the armed forces.

During Fort Union’s 40 year existence many people volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army to become U.S. citizens. During the Civil War African American and Irish American soldiers influenced the modern vision of national citizenship. By bearing arms for the Union, African Americans and Irish Americans exhibited their loyalty to the United States and their capacity to act as citizens; they strengthened their American identity in the process. Come and visit Fort Union and be a part of this unforgettable moment.

At one time Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center in the Southwest. The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic fort as well as ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous onto State Hwy. 161 then drive 8 miles. Park hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 505-425-8025. You can find our free APP in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Search for Fort Union National Monument. Visit www.nps.gov/foun, or like on us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FortUnionNM.