Naturalization Ceremony

Ceremony finalizes long trek to US citizenship

Ceremony finalizes long trek to US citizenship

In a celebration of the American melting pot, 275 people crowded in with family and friends to take the oath of citizenship Jan. 17 in Pensacola, completing a lengthy process to call the U.S. home. Among their ranks were people from all corners of the globe, with native languages ranging across the spectrum. Read the […]

‘Home forever,’ Navarre resident gains U.S. citizenship

‘Home forever,’ Navarre resident gains U.S. citizenship

Navarre’s own Lulu Jahn, a South African native and mother of five, was among the more than 150 people from around the globe who took the oath of U.S. citizenship Fridayduring a tearful ceremony in Pensacola. “It means everything to me,” Jahn said. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre bus driver gets on board and becomes an American citizen

Navarre bus driver gets on board and becomes an American citizen

Heidi Law has had a green card in her pocket for nearly 30 years. Last Friday, she had to give it up as she officially became an American citizen at a naturalization ceremony in Pensacola. Read the full article in the May 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up […]

Love leads Mariya to citizenship

Love leads Mariya to citizenship

For Mariya Yurevna Calkins of Navarre, the road to U.S. citizenship was paved by an unlikely romance. Though her husband was born and raised in the Navarre area, Mariya grew up in Russia during the unraveling of the Soviet Union. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

After 22 years, finally home

After 22 years, finally home

For Barbora Valodic of Navarre, making home officially “home” took more than two decades, but she said it was worth the wait. Friday Valodic, born of Slovakia, became a U.S. citizen during the naturalization ceremony as the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. She and 83 others from nations across the globe, raised their right hand […]

Romance in Italy leads to U.S. citizenship

Romance in Italy leads to U.S. citizenship

Jemelyn Chiappetta’s interesting journey to the United States reached a milestone last month at her naturalization ceremony in Pensacola. In front of family and friends, the Navarre resident became a citizen of America. “I was excited about it,” Chiappetta said. “It was a really nice ceremony.” The road to that point was filled with twists […]

The long and winding road to citizenship for one Navarre resident

The long and winding road to citizenship for one Navarre resident

There were 75 citizen candidates at the Nov. 18 Naturalization Ceremony held in the National Naval Aviation Museum. Navarre resident, Marta Harsha, took a very different path before raising her hand to take the Allegiance Oath. “My mom was a gymnast and my dad was a silver medalist in the 1976 Olympics held in Montreal. […]

25-year dream becomes a reality for Navarre resident

25-year dream becomes a reality for Navarre resident

Navarre resident Eva Hale first visited Navarre from her native country of Sweden in 1988. “I had a niece and her family living here,” Hale said. “My brother and other members of my family had previously visited and I decided to see it for myself. I was hooked almost immediately. The people were friendly and […]

72 become citizens during ceremony at NAS Pensacola

72 become citizens during ceremony at NAS Pensacola

The number of Americans has increased by 72. On a sunny fall afternoon in Pensacola, 72 people from 35 nations raised their hands and recited the oath of citizenship. About 500 people attended the two-hour proceedings Nov. 13 in the spectacular Blue Angels atrium inside the Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, including […]

Pictures for the Naturalization Cermony Aug. 29

Pictures for the Naturalization Cermony Aug. 29

A Naturalization Ceremony was held Aug. 29 at the United States District Court in Pensacola, Fla. The Honorable Lacey A. Collier presided over the ceremony where 75 candidates became citizens. Paula Patching, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors, became a citizen of the United States during this ceremony. Patching is originally from the United Kingdom. […]