Naturalization ceremony to be held Thursday in Utica

Published Dec 5, 2017 at 4:00pm

There will be a naturalization ceremony to be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David N. Hurd at the court, 10 Broad St., Utica, according to an announcement by the court.

Fifty-six individuals representing 27 nations from around the world — Argentina, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Poland, Somalia, Sudan, Thailand, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen — are scheduled to be sworn in as new citizens.

Patrick Johnson, director of the Save Our Streets program in Oneida County, will be the featured speaker. Henglong So, formerly of Cambodia, will also speak.

Patrick J. Marthage will perform several musical selections and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department will present the colors for the ceremony.

The reception following the ceremony is sponsored by the New Vision Pioneers - Leatherstocking Council.

The ceremony is open to the public, and cameras are