Thursday, May 24, 2012
May 25, 2012 (Friday) Fourth Naturalization Ceremony in honor of Asian American Heritage Month initiated by the Fairfax County Asian American History Project (FCAAHP)
Voice of Vietnamese Americans congratulates all new citizens.
There will be performances of patriotic American songs and folk songs at the pre-ceremony (10AM - 11AM) and at the reception (12Noon - 1PM) by Dr. Thu Huu Bui and Vietnamese American Seniors Choral Group and a Korean American Youth Group. Soo Yee of FCAAHP will moderate the pre-ceremony at the Board Room. The Asian-themed reception at the Forum of the Government Center is sponsored by Amour LLC. Information tables will be available on voter registration, passport services, along with the Fairfax County Asian American History Project, the Japanese American Veterans' Association, the Chinese American Project 1882, and the Vietnamese American civic programs.
The formal naturalization ceremony (11AM - 12NOON) at the Board Room will be moderated by Corazon Sandoval Foley, FCAAHP. It will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Fairfax County Public Safety Honor Guard and the National Anthem sung by Captain Francis Mensah of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Welcoming Remarks will be provided by Robert Nakamoto, President of Amour LLC. Chairman Sharon Bulova of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will provide the Chairman's Remarks. The Inspirational Message will be provided by Captain Samuel DeVera of the Fairfax County Asian American Firefighters' Association. Call of Countries and Presentation of Candidates for Citizenship will be led by Kimberly Zanotti, Washington Field Office Director, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Sarah Taylor, Washington District Director, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, will administer the Oath of Allegiance. Congressman Gerald Connolly (VA-11) will provide congratulatory remarks and lead the pledge of allegiance for the 75 New Americans. The presentation of certificates will be followed by a video with President Obama's message and a patriotic musical tribute.
*I wrote an article "Farewell to a Fairfax Firefighter" on Mark Baban's funeral on Friday, February 3, 2012. Mark Baban had agreed to provide the inspirational message on May 25, 2012 as President of the Fairfax County Asian American Firefighters' Association: 120203FarewellMarkBabanFirefighter.pdf
Youtube Video of May 6, 2011 Pre-Ceremony
for FCAAHP-sponsored Third Naturalization Ceremony
with bagpipe performance by Mark Baban, Filipino American
President of Fairfax County Asian American Firefighters' Association
and songs by Chinese American Silver Light Seniors Association
FCAAHP THIRD NATURALIZATIONCEREMONY
in honor of Asian American Heritage Month in Fairfax County
began officially at 11:00 AM on FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011.
Asian Fortune Article on Grant Ichikawa's speech at May 6th Naturalization Ceremony
Article on Grant Ichikawa and May 6, Naturalization Ceremony was written for JAVA: