“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”
–from Emma Lazarus’ poem on Statue of Liberty
Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony–and you can be a part of it.
Indianapolis Bar Association attorney members participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. Volunteers are currently being recruited to represent the IndyBar during these ceremonies, typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown.
This is a happy occasion that the IndyBar is proud to be a part of, and it’s an exceeding positive moment to witness as a volunteer. The presiding federal judges are typically in high spirits and the new citizens are happy and proud, surrounded by beaming family members.
The volunteer commitment is approximately one hour. Constitution booklets for the new citizens need to be picked up at the IndyBar office. A sample speech is provided.•