Globe staff photos by Dina Rudick
They came from Australia, Barbados, Cape Verde, China -- from India, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Pakistan, and from Russia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zaire.
This afternoon, they were among the 215 people who became US citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Above photo: New citizens with flags. At left: The decorated nails of Lidia Gomes, originally from Cape Verde, who lives in Randolph.
Here is oath that participants take at ceremonies across the country throughout the year:
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
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