On a typically bright and sunny September day, U.S. immigrants from near and far come annually to Fort Scott for the final step in becoming citizens.
In 2018, the naturalization ceremony is at 10:30 a.m this Friday, Sept. 21 on the grounds of the Fort Scott National Historic Site, according to a press release provided by FSNHS.
The Fort is located just off North Main Street in downtown Fort Scott.
In case of rain or other inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Fort Scott Memorial Hall, according to the press release.
The ceremony is one of listening to patriotic music, listening to both local and government dignitaries, newly naturalized citizens being introduced one-by-one to those attending the event, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States, and receiving a certificate of citizenship.
The United States District Court for the District of Kansas will hold the special naturalization ceremony, with the Honorable Teresa J. James, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Kansas, presiding, according to the press release.
The ceremony will feature musical performances from the Fort Scott High School orchestra and choir, and an address from Robert L. Farmer, Attorney at Law, according to the information provided.
The Pittsburg State University Army ROTC will present the colors.
The new citizens will be invited to register to vote and enjoy a lunch provided by the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site, following the ceremony.
Also following the ceremony, there are usually small groups of people taking photos to commemorate the event.
Approximately 100 applicants will be naturalized at the ceremony, which is open to the public.
“We encourage the people to learn more about Fort Scott, the Fort and their American culture,” Carl Brenner, chief of interpretation and resource management at the Fort, said.
The Fort can be reached at 620- 223-0310.