I had an incredible day today. My sister-in-law, Sheryll, took the "Oath of Allegiance to the United States" and became an American Citizen. I was fortunate enough to attend the ceremony at the Rose Wagner Theater. There were tears, applause, and extremely happy faces. It was very emotional for the approx. 170 people who took the Oath.
Sheryll has worked very hard for this accomplishment. Today it struck me how courageous she was to leave the Philippines 5 years ago - the only home she had ever known. She arrived here alone and now has a multitude of friends and family that love her. She works a full-time job while raising three small children with her husband Ryan. Congratulations Sheryll!
Oath of Allegiance to the United States:
"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."
Prior to the Oath. This man sang patriotic songs for the crowd.
Ryan, Sheryll, Kian, Jerrin & Aerin (4 month-old twins)