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Naturalization Ceremonies in honor of Asian American Heritage Month in May
Initiated in 2009 by the Fairfax County Asian American History Project (FCAAHP)
to commemorate the many years of struggle for citizenship rights by Asian Americans
and to celebrate the progress in civil rights in America, particularly Fairfax County.
Formal Ceremony is held annually from 10AM - 12PM at the Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 - http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/facilities/


Eighth Naturalization Ceremony at Fairfax County Government Center
Friday, July 29, 2016
that was initiated by the Fairfax County Asian American History Project (FCAAHP).

July 29, 2016 Fairfax County Proclamation Congratulating BWSSCWoW Seniors Giving Back to Community: International Folk Dance Team at 8th annual Naturalization Ceremony in Fairfax County Government Center.

Photos on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Foley4SpringfieldSeniorCenter/photos/pcb.1628290260815854/1628288990815981/?type=3&theater 

and

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Documents/160206BWSSCWoWInternationalFolkDance1.pdf


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From 10AM - 10:45AM on Friday, July 29, 2016, our Honorable Mention Awardee from State of Virginia

Commonwealth Council on Aging Best Practices Awards 2016:

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Documents/160418CommonwealthCouncilOnAging2016HonorableMentionBWSSCWoW.pdf

the BWSSCWoW Seniors Giving Back to Community: International Folk Dance Team 

https://fairfaxstories.sharepoint.com/Pages/Community.aspx

will perform with the goal of encouraging the 100 New Americans to share their cultural heritage 

and enrich our American community  -- the goal envisioned by FCAAHP initiating the naturalization ceremony project.


In 2017, FCAAHP will publish Volume 4 of the FCAAHP Book Series:
Fairfax County Filipino Americans:
Founding Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls
to commemorate 150 years of Asian Residents in Fairfax County, VA (1867-2017)


USCIS Guidelines for Naturalization Ceremonies call for any ceremony to be non-partisan, non-religious, and non-commercial.
Appropriate remarks should focus on:  Importance of US Citizenship; New privileges (such as the ability to travel with a US Passport, apply for a position in the federal government, and to vote in federal elections); Responsibilities of US citizenship (such as applying for a US passport and registering to vote); Civic principles within the US government; Significance of swearing allegiance to the United States; or Theme of the Ceremony.
Inappropriate remarks include: Political statements; Commercial statements; or Religious statements.


June 12, 2015 (Friday) SEVENTH Naturalization Ceremony Initiated by FCAAHP
in honor of Asian American Heritage Month (+1) in Fairfax County
(June 12 is Philippine Independence Day or National Day  declared on June 12, 1898.)
On December 22, 2014, we decided to eliminate the reception and keep program nonpartisan in nature
Draft Agenda as of April 2, 2015:
9AM -   Moderators:  FCAAHP - Ted Gong and Nathan Wang
Discussion of FCAAHP Book Series and 1882 Project by Ted Gong
Voting Rights and Responsibilities discussion with Cameron Quinn (to be introduced by Genie Nguyen, VoVA)
Public Safety Challenges and Invitation to be First Responders - Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers (invited/regrets)
Short remarks by other Fairfax County Supervisors who might attend the 7th Naturalization Ceremony sponsored by FCAAHP.
Cultural Performance with Patriotic Songs by musicians arranged by Nathan Wang
                      https://www.linkedin.com/pub/nathan-wang/44/a95/715
Singer: Lihui Zhang, Vocal Music Studio and Hangyan Li.

10AM - Moderator:  FCAAHP - Corazon Foley
Presentation of Colors by Fairfax County Public Safety Honor Guard
National Anthem sung by Captain Francis Mensah of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Chairman's Remarks - Chairman Sharon Bulova (Democrat)
Welcoming Remarks - Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA11)
Inspirational Message - Major General (ret.) Antonio Taguba - Outstanding American By Choice 2007
http://www.uscis.gov/archive/archive-citizenship/archived-outstanding-americans-choice/2007-outstanding-american-choice-recipients
Presentation of Candidates - Hans Siebert, Section Chief, Washington Field Office, USCIS
Oath of Allegiance led by Kimberly Zanotti, Field Office Director, Washington Field Office, USCIS
Congratulatory Remarks and Pledge of Allegiance:  Supervisor John Cook (Republican)
President Obama's Message and Proud to be American
Presentation of Certificates

11AM -- Adjournment (No More Reception in order to avoid any more politicization of event)
Both Democratic and Republican Supervisors to be invited to make program nonpartisan.

Thank you for supporting the SEVENTH Naturalization Ceremony in honor of Asian American Heritage Month (+1) of Fairfax County, Virginia.  And for 2015, we will celebrate the Philippine Independence Day or National Day -- declared on June 12, 1898.
and


http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2014/may/29/100-new-citizens-welcomed-fairfax-county/
MAY 23, 2014 (Friday) SIXTH Naturalization Ceremony initiated by FCAAHP
in honor of Asian American Heritage Month in Fairfax County
140107DRAFT Agenda for May 23, 2014 Sixth Naturalization Ceremony in honor of Asian American Heritage Month in Fairfax County, Virginia with 100 New Americans, families and guests (open to the public):

9:30AM --  30-minute Video of Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) Recognition by Fairfax County and May 19, 1999 Speech by late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, an American Hero who died on December 17, 2012. 

10:00AM  --- Pre-Ceremony Program  (Pre-ceremony will be videotaped but not televised live.)
                Moderator:  Vy Nguyen, FCAAHP (Author of "Second Generation Vietnamese Americans: A Comparative Perspective")
                Patriotic and Cultural Performance by Silver Light Chinese American Senior Association
                Genie Nguyen, Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VoVA)
                Cameron Quinn, Fairfax County General Election Registrar
                Braddock Supervisor John Cook

11:00AM --  Formal Naturalization Ceremony Program  (11AM-12PM Formal Program will be televised live on Channel 16)
              Moderator:  Corazon Sandoval Foley, FCAAHP
              Presentation of Colors - Fairfax County Public Safety Honor Guard and National Anthem by Captain Francis Mensah
              Welcome and Chairman's Remarks -- Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova
              Remarks -- Congressman Gerry Connolly
              Remarks -- Springfield Supervisor Patrick Herrity
              Inspirational Message -- Gary Nakamoto, Asian American Civic Leader
                     (It is with deep sadness that FCAAHP has to inform you of the passing
                       on April 23, 2014 of Bob Nakamoto, Asian American Civic Leader and Korean War Veteran)

              Call of Countries and Presentation of Candidates:
                     Claudia Young, Washington Field Office Director, USCIS
              Oath of Allegiance - Sarah Taylor, Washington District Director, USCIS
              Congratulatory Remarks and Pledge of Allegiance: Dranesville Supervisor John Foust

12:00Noon -- Reception at Forum sponsored by Amour LLC
                     Patriotic Line Dance by Burke/West Springfield Senior Center without Walls (BWSSCWoW)

1:00PM -- Adjournment

Tasks:
1.  USCIS -- Print brochure for event; Welcome/Registration Team on May 23rd; Passport/Voter Registration
2.  Holly Prymak, Facilities Manager - Overall Management of Facility Requirements
3.  Kathy Segars and Elizabeth Schreffler -- Public Safety Honor Guard, Reception
4.  Channel 16 -- Videotaping of Pre-Ceremony and Formal Ceremony Program
          (Forum Reception does not need to be videotaped)
          Live TV Presentation of the Formal Ceremony (11AM - 12Noon)
5.   FCAAHP Cora Foley -- invitations to speakers; arrange cultural performance, participation by Asian American groups
           Many Thanks to John Hughes-Caley for outstanding photography of all our naturalization ceremonies.
 
 

131001FCAAHP Blog:

Many Thanks to Bob Nakamoto of Amour LLC for Strong Support of FCAAHP for many years since our founding in 2008 -- and for accepting our invitation to provide the Inspirational Message to the New Americans during the May 2014 SIXTH Naturalization Ceremony in honor of Asian American Heritage Month in Fairfax County, Virginia. 

Bob Nakamoto will be encouraging the New Americans to honor their American civic responsibilities, and in particular, to engage in entrepreneurship to promote the continuing prosperity of Fairfax County and our nation.   Bob Nakamoto has been a very important Asian American role model who served our country honorably during the Korean War and has created important technology companies that have played major roles in the strength of our Fairfax County for many years.



May 24, 2013 (Friday) FIFTH Naturalization Ceremony initiated by FCAAHP
in honor of Asian American Heritage Month in Fairfax County
130202DRAFT Agenda for May 24, 2013 Naturalization Ceremony in honor of Asian American Heritage Month in Fairfax County, Virginia with 100 New Americans, families and guests (open to the public):

9:30AM --  30-minute Video of Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) Recognition by Fairfax County and May 19, 1999 Speech by late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, an American Hero who died on December 17, 2012.  (Channel 10 has been showing my "Fairfax Stories" program on Japanese American heroism in WWII on March, April, May 2013.)

10:00AM  --- Pre-Ceremony Program  (Pre-ceremony will be videotaped but not televised live.)
                Moderator:  Jaya Kori, FCAAHP
                Presentations by Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) with Terry Shima, Grant Ichikawa,
                     Gerald Yamada, and Barbara Nekoba on Congressional Gold Medal and WWII Japanese American experience.
                 (Message to New Americans: Support the US Military and join military service, if you can.)

11:00AM --  Formal Naturalization Ceremony Program  (11AM-12PM Formal Program will be televised live on Channel 16)
              Moderator:  Corazon Sandoval Foley, FCAAHP
              Presentation of Colors - Fairfax County Public Safety Honor Guard and National Anthem by Captain Francis Mensah
              Opening Remarks -- Bob Nakamoto, Amour LLC (sponsor of reception)
              Welcome Remarks -- Congressman Gerry Connolly
              Chairman's Remarks -- Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova
              Inspirational Message -- Dr. Thu Huu Bui, distinguished naturalized citizen, first Asian American
                                                 to serve as former assistant principal of Fairfax County School System.
                                     (Message to New Americans: Support and  Strengthen the American educational system.)
              Call of Countries and Presentation of Candidates:
                     Kimberly Zanotti, Washington Field Office Director, USCIS
              Oath of Allegiance - Sarah Taylor, Washington District Director, USCIS
              Congratulatory Remarks and Pledge of Allegiance:
                      Mark Keam, distinguished naturalized citizen and first Asian American Delegate to VA Legislature from Fairfax
                               County.  (Message to New Americans: Strengthen America's political system and civic society.)

12:00Noon -- Reception at Forum with Cultural Presentation of Hawaiian Hula.

1:00PM -- Adjournment

Tasks:
1.  USCIS -- Print brochure for event; Welcome/Registration Team on May 24th
2.  Holly Prymak, Facilities Manager - Overall Management of Facility Requirements
3.  Kathy Segars and Dianne Betz -- Public Safety Honor Guard, Reception
4.  Channel 16 -- Videotaping of Pre-Ceremony and Formal Ceremony Program
          (Forum Reception does not need to be videotaped)
          Live TV Presentation of the Formal Ceremony (11AM - 12Noon)
5.   FCAAHP Cora Foley -- invitations to speakers; arrange cultural performance, participation by Asian American groups)


May 1, 2012 (Tuesday) Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Proclamation in Fairfax County
with Honoree Gary Nakamoto, First and only Asian American Chairman of Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1m4XcQ3dbc&feature=plcp

May 25, 2012 (Friday) Fourth Naturalization Ceremony
in honor of Asian American Heritage Month
initiated by the Fairfax County Asian American History Project (FCAAHP)

There will be performances of patriotic American songs and folk songs at the pre-ceremony (10AM - 11AM) and at the reception (12Noon - 1PM) by Dr. Thu Huu Bui and Vietnamese American Seniors Choral Group and a Korean American Youth Group. 

Soo Yee of FCAAHP will moderate the pre-ceremony at the Board Room.  The Asian-themed reception at the Forum of the Government Center is sponsored by Amour LLC.  Information tables will be available on voter registration, passport services, along with the Fairfax County Asian American History Project, the Japanese American Veterans' Association, the Chinese American Project 1882, and the Vietnamese American civic programs.


The formal naturalization ceremony (11AM - 12NOON) at the Board Room will be moderated by Corazon Sandoval Foley, FCAAHP.  It will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Fairfax County Public Safety Honor Guard and the National Anthem sung by Captain Francis Mensah of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.   Welcoming Remarks will be provided by Robert Nakamoto, President of Amour LLC.   Chairman Sharon Bulova of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will provide the Chairman's Remarks.  The Inspirational Message will be provided by Captain Samuel DeVera of the Fairfax County Asian American Firefighters' Association.  Call of Countries and Presentation of Candidates for Citizenship will be led by Kimberly Zanotti, Washington Field Office Director, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.   Sarah Taylor, Washington District Director, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, will administer the Oath of Allegiance.  Congressman Gerald Connolly (VA-11) will provide congratulatory remarks and lead the pledge of allegiance for the 75 New Americans.  The presentation of certificates will be followed by a video with President Obama's message and a patriotic musical tribute.

 

*I wrote an article "Farewell to a Fairfax Firefighter" on Mark Baban's funeral on Friday, February 3, 2012.   Mark Baban had agreed to provide the inspirational message on May 25, 2012 as President of the Fairfax County Asian American Firefighters' Association: 120203FarewellMarkBabanFirefighter.pdf


Youtube Video of May 6, 2011 Pre-Ceremony
for FCAAHP-sponsored Third Naturalization Ceremony
with bagpipe performance by Mark Baban, Filipino American
President of Fairfax County Asian American Firefighters' Association
and songs by Chinese American Silver Light Seniors Association
or


FCAAHP THIRD NATURALIZATIONCEREMONY

in honor of Asian American Heritage Month in Fairfax County

began officially at 11:00 AM on FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011.

http://fairfaxasianamericans.community.officelive.com/fcaahpcalendar.aspx

 

 

Photo taken by John Hughes-Caley


Bottom Photo courtesy of Corazon Sandoval Foley

Asian Fortune Article on Grant Ichikawa's speech at May 6th Naturalization Ceremony

http://www.asianfortunenews.com/site/article_0611.php?article_id=19

Article on Grant Ichikawa and May 6, Naturalization Ceremony was written for JAVA:

http://fairfaxasianamericans.community.officelive.com/Documents/110509GrantIchikawaAMERICANforAsianFortune.pdf


YouTube: April 2011 Channel 10 TV Naturalization Ceremonies in 2010 in Fairfax County


May 14, 2010 Second FCAAHP Naturalization Ceremony in Fairfax County
Photo by Terry Sam


Message to New Americans from Terry Sam, FCAAHP Official Photographer

“A larger photo file for prints is available in a SmugMug gallery at this link:

http://bluehealy.smugmug.com/Fairfax-County-Asian-American/2010-Fairfax-County-Nat-Cere/12340111_QY4bJ#881494395_r4ajp.

“You may either download the SmugMug file or order a print from SmugMug. The prices of the prints are at SmugMug cost. USCIS, the Fairfax County Government, the Fairfax county Asian American History Project, and the photographer, Terry Sam, do not earn a profit from these prints. This is a service for the new Americans and their families and friends. You may use these photos for your personal non-commercial purposes.”


May 29, 2009 Naturalization Ceremony Photo by Terry Sam