Naturalization Ceremony at Fort Union National Monument

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Date: May 1, 2014

Naturalization Ceremony at Fort Union National Monument

Watrous, NM: Fort Union National Monument is pleased to announce its first Naturalization Ceremony to be held on May 9, 2014 from 1pm-2pm. This is an opportunity for some to become the first in their family to earn American Citizenship. This Oath of Allegiance will be taken by 13 applicants as they will be granted Citizenship. As new US citizens, they will now be entitled to the same rights, obligations, and opportunities as all other Americans. These new citizens will have the ability to vote, hold public office, carry a US passport, serve on a jury, work for the US government, and serve as an officer in the armed forces.

Historically for many people, during the Civil War, volunteering to serve in the Union Army led to citizenship. African American and Irish American soldiers influenced the modern vision of national citizenship that developed during the Civil War era. By bearing arms for the Union, African Americans and Irish Americans exhibited their loyalty to the United States and their capacity to act as citizens; they strengthened their American identity in the process. Members of both groups served at Fort Union. Today it is no longer a requirement to serve in the Armed Forces to earn citizenship. Come and visit Fort Union and enjoy this unforgettable event.

Fort Union (1851-1891) was the largest frontier military post and supply center of the southwest. The National Park Service preserves and protects the historic Fort Union and ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, NM, onto State Hwy. 161, 8 miles. Park hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025 X 0, or visit   Like us on Facebook at

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The community of Loma Parda, a few miles from Fort Union, was a favorite hangout for soldiers. Julian Baca's dance hall, with its casino and cantina, was the center of social life. Two orchestras played in 12-hour shifts and soldiers danced with local women.

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