GENERALLY SPEAKING: Week of November 3
FRONT AND CENTER AT PARTY FOR LADY LIBERTY!
It was quite a party for the 125th anniversary of the Statue ofLiberty! First, there was the Naturalization Ceremony conducted bythe U.S. Immigration Services, in which 125 immigrants from 46nations took the oath of U.S. citizenship before Interior SecretaryKenneth SalazarBarack Obama.
Among them were 13 members of the U.S. Armed Services. TheNational Park Service Police Color Guard presented the Colors andthe newly minted American citizens joined for the Pledge ofAllegiance and stood tall and proud as the National Anthem wassung. As each new citizen came forward to accept his or hercertificate of citizenship, family members and guests applauded,cheered and waved tiny American flags.
Next up was the main commemoration program which started withthe march to the center stage by the New York City Armed ForcesColor Guard. Here, the West Point U.S. Military Academy Band playedLa Marseillaise, the French National Anthem and then accompaniedactress/singer Capathia Jenkins who sang the StarSpangled Banner. Actress Sigourney Weaver thenread Emma Lazarus‘ famous poem, The NewColossus.