NEW BRITAIN - Twenty-six people will take the Oath of Allegiance on Tuesday to become citizens of the United States.
The New Britain Museum of American Art will host the naturalization ceremony at 1 p.m.
“It is a great privilege for the New Britain Museum of American Art to host this important event, honoring the invaluable contributions of immigrant community members and celebrating their new United States citizenship,” Min Jung Kim, director and CEO of the museum, said.
In addition to Kim, Judge Robert Richardson, Mayor Erin Stewart, state Rep. Rick Lopes, state Sen. Terry Gerratana, Rebecca Crosswaith from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s office and friends and families of the new citizens will be in attendance.
“Immigration has always been, and continues to be, a driving force in the demographic makeup of America, particularly here in New Britain, Connecticut. The museum’s roots were planted in 1853 with the founding of the New Britain Institute, which was chartered to foster art and education among the city’s rising immigrant population and who continue to play a vital role at the museum as visitors, exhibiting artists, educators, and staff,” Kim said.
She added, “As a native of South Korea and a U.S. citizen of 13 years, I very much look forward to extending my personal congratulations to each new American citizen.”
Registration for naturalization candidates begins at noon. The New Britain High School Quartet will perform the national anthem before the ceremony.
Candidates may enter the museum any time after it opens at 11 a.m. free of charge.