Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano led a naturalization ceremony for more than 5,200 new U.S. citizens representing 147 countries at Boston’s Fenway Park in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
“I am proud to welcome these men and women who have come from all over the world to become the newest citizens of our nation,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Our social, economic, and civic vitality needs the contributions, the perspectives, and the experiences of all Americans-including our newest Americans.” U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner presided during the ceremony. Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino also participated.
The Fenway Park ceremony is part of U.S. immigration services celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, celebrated every Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. From Sept. 13-24, an estimated 9,000 candidates will become citizens at 63 special ceremonies held across the country and around the world.