Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR
The Honorable U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Beth A. Buchanan Presided over a Naturalization Ceremony at 10:00AM on Friday, March 8, 2019 hosted by the Deer Park High School at 8351 Plainfield Road in Deer Park, Ohio. The new citizens took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America in a ceremony that included an introduction by the Principal of Deer Park H.S., Dr. Stace Orso, presentation of the Colors by students Morgan Bayer & Abbi Ryan, singing of the National Anthem led by their Show Choir and a Key Note Presentation by Raj. Rajagopal
Mr. Rajagopal described how he became a US citizen after being born in abstract poverty in India, through hard work and devotion to having a better life, here in the only country in the world that enables those who exert the energy to prosper in such a manner. Both of Ohio’s State Senators had their representatives give proclamations to the new citizens.
Each of the 70 new citizens were asked to introduce themselves, what country they originated from (there were 26 different countries named). They then all stood, raised their right hands into the air and pronounced the Oath of Allegiance, followed by the proclamation of citizenship by Judge Buchanan. All present then stood and gave the Pledge of Allegiance to the 50 Star Flag of the United States of America. Each new citizen then was presented their Naturalization Certificate by her honor who posed for pictures.
Also standing by were representatives of the DAR, CAR and Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution who welcomed the New Citizens to the USA and congratulated them for their diligence to enter our country in the proper manner. Gerry Knight, Jack Berdenfoerder, Gordon Stokely, Bob Bowers and Mike Gunn represented the Cincinnati SAR at this most auspicious event.