The first in-person naturalization ceremony in U.S. District Court during the COVID-19 era is scheduled to take place this Monday.
Like other places on island, the district court had to curtail many activities due to the pandemic and naturalization ceremonies were one of those affected.
On Monday, July 20, just in time for the commemoration of Liberation Day on July 21, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingcp-Gatewood will preside over the naturalization of eight new US citizens.
The naturalization ceremony will be held at 9 am and the district court will welcome the eight new citizens who hail from the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan.
The soon-to-be citizens will take their oath and bear faith and allegiance to the United States of America, which they will also proudly call their own from that day forward as fellow Americans.
The ceremony will take place outdoors, at the front doorsteps of the courthouse.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to ensure safety for everyone and to make the new citizens and their family and friends feel safe in an open, socially-distanced space,” Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood said.
This year marks the 76th year of the liberation of Guam from Japanese occupation. On July 21, 1944, over 50,000 U.S. troops stormed the beaches of Guam to reclaim the island back from the Japanese.
“We remember this day for the sacrifices made not only by the U.S. troops but also to the thousands of Chamorro people who suffered during the occupation and who took the risk to help the U.S. troops in liberating our precious island,” the chief judge said.