September 19, 2014

Constitution Week

The North West Territory Alliance marched into action for the 27th Annual Revolutionary War Reenactment.

The not-for-profit educational group studies and recreates the culture and lifestyle of the American Revolution and has members from states all over the country.

They helped produce the two-day event, which allowed visitors to view history firsthand, with booming artillery demonstrations, camp-life reenactments and even a live battle.

“You read a lot about the revolutionary war in schools. But, you get to come out here you get to talk to re-enactors, a lot of these re-enactors are history teachers, who come out talk to the kids, tell them what life was like during the time, they get to see the cannons, the swords, they get to see what camp life was like during that time,” said Matt LaFond, Executive Director of Cantigny Park.

This year’s reenactment was the Grand Encampment, which happens every 20 years and welcomed over 700 re-enactors to the park, rather than their usual crowd of about 300.

Our nation’s government took shape back on September 17, 1787, when our Founding Fathers signed the Constitution. It was only fitting that 227 years later, this group of individuals celebrated Constitution Day by vowing to abide by our country’s laws.

95 people from 25 countries gathered at Cantigny Park to complete the final step in the naturalization process, and take their first steps as Americans.

“I congratulate all of you on this important milestone. Your hard work and determination have led you here, and I welcome you as our newest citizens. I am confident that your spirit and dedication will uphold America’s tradition of providing hope and opportunity for generations of immigrants to come,” said Ed Lewis, Supervisory Immigration Services Officer.

It’s a dream that didn’t come easily.

Before being granted citizenship, applicants had to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts of American democracy and their responsibilities as an American citizen.

But now, with certificate in hand and allegiances pledged, this group looks forward to enjoying everything the U.S. has to offer.

“Now that im a full U.S. citizen, I want to travel, visit the great landmarks of the United States, I would like to have the opportunity to be in court as a jury, I think that would be important,” said Ramses Banda, new U.S. citizen.

“My husband is a citizen and we have a son together and this is a great country and it’ll give me great opportunities, so that’s why I wanted to become a citizen,” said Jirapa Thesabutr, new U.S. citizen.

“I love it, I love this country, there are good rules and regulations, I am very happy and satisfied,” said Paramjit Kaur, new U.S. citizen.

Following the ceremony, new U.S. citizens were able to visit the freedom express bus so they could register to vote as U.S. Americans.


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