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NOTE: Be sure to check out the pictures of Citizenship Day at Yosemite in the photo gallery.
Thirty-six immigrants from 16 countries became U.S. citizens.

Thirty-six immigrants from 16 countries became naturalized citizens at Yosemite National Park.


I could not help but take in the fresh air of Yosemite National Park on Citizenship Day last Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009.

Glacier Point provides a perfect viewing of Half Dome and was the backdrop for immigrants to swear their allegiance to the United States.

José Nazariego is kissed by his wife, Dora.

José Nazariego is kissed by his wife, Dora.

And it was perfect for Mexican immigrant José Nazariego, who got a congratulatory kiss from his wife, Dora, after the ceremony. José’s kids, Jazmin, 17, Justin, 11, and Joseph, 10, were also there and ready for lunch and a short hike, but before that, they gave dad a big hug.

According to Dora, the family brought their tennis shoes and were going to explore the area around Glacier Point, which is over 7,000 feet in elevation. Don’t worry though, aside from the road construction, it’s easily attainable by car, even bus.

From right, José Nazariego of Lemoore, Luis Angulo of Taft, and from Honduras, Daniel Amador Núñez.

From right, Luis Angulo, José Nazariego and Daniel Amador Núñez.

If you get the chance to visit Glacier Point, go up the short trail to the lookout site; there’s a telescope that can focus on the canyon and even on the hikers on top of Half Dome. It’s an incredible view.  If you plan on climbing Half Dome, give yourself an entire day and be in shape because the trail is strenous.

On the history of Citizenship Day: It’s a tribute to the contribution offered by immigrants.  Citizenship Day is also called Constitution Day, and also honors the ratification of the United States Constitution.

Written by Daniel Cásarez

September 22nd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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