Mammoth Cave National Park Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK News Release

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Contact: Molly Schroer, Molly_Schroer@nps.gov, 270-758-2192

Mammoth Cave National Park Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., May 10, 2019. – Mammoth Cave National Park welcomed thirty seven new citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony held within Mammoth Cave on Friday, May 10. The park worked with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Louisville, Kentucky to invite the new citizens to the park where they were sworn in by United States District Court Judge Greg N. Stivers at an area inside the cave known as “The Methodist Church.” 

The new citizens hail from 20 different countries around the world, but now reside in throughout western Kentucky. Becoming a new citizen is a voluntary process which requires each individual to meet eligibility requirements and go through a ten step naturalization process that includes written applications, tests, and personal interviews. The new citizens were accompanied to the ceremony by members of their families who supported them through their citizenship journey.

“It is very exciting to be the first to welcome and congratulate these thirty seven individuals on their hard work in becoming our newest citizens of the United States,” said Park Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “There are a number of locations across the state where these individuals could choose for their swearing in ceremony. Everyone here today chose to come to Mammoth Cave National Park for this very special moment in their lives. The park is now a part of their story and they are a part of ours.”

The naturalization ceremony has become an annual event for the park and is traditionally held in one of the historic passages inside the cave. Barren County High School Junior ROTC assisted with the ceremony by presenting the colors during the ceremony, and Rangers Mary Schubert and Jessica Cooper sang the National Anthem.

 

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Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent, Barclay Trimble, addresses thirty seven newly sworn-in citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony inside Mammoth Cave.

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United States District Court Judge, Greg N. Stivers, presides over the annual naturalization ceremony held inside Mammoth Cave National Park.

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Event participants take the Oath of Allegiance to become naturalized citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony held within Mammoth Cave National Park.