(Note: information courtesy of Springfield Armory)

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Springfield Armory National Historic Site (NPS), in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will hold a naturalization ceremony on the armory grounds at One Armory Square, Springfield MA 01105 on Friday, September 17, 2021.  U.S. District Judge Katherine A. Robertson will preside and the Clerk of the Courtwill administer the Oath of Allegiance to 30 new citizens from 16 countries.

Kelly Fellner, Superintendent of the Springfield Armory National Historical Site and Coltsville National Historical Park is thrilled to host the upcoming ceremony at the Armory on Constitution Day. She states that “Welcoming back this yearly tradition is more impactful as we celebrate Constitution Day on the grounds where events that unfolded in 1787 served as a catalyst towards the creation of a new government and the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.” 

The naturalization ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the rights, responsibilities, and importance of citizenship. New citizens, their families, friends, and the public are invited to share in the long tradition of welcoming our new citizens at this memorable event.    

The ceremony begins at 11:00 am with opening words from Fellner, NPS; John Cook, President, Springfield Technical Community College; Domenic Sarno, Mayor, City of Springfield and a representative from the USCIS. Students from the Community Music School of Springfield will provide music and perform the national anthem. 

ABOUT THE PARK: Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory (1794 – 1968) and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. For updates and further information call (413) 734-8551, check the website at www.nps.gov/spar  or go to www.facebook.com/sparnhs.