Yesterday Ortiz took an Oath of Citizenship at a ceremony at the JFK Library.
Do you know what is in the Oath of Citizenship? Here's the text:
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;
that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law;
that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law;
that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and
that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
Becoming a U.S. citizen requires passing a test. Here's a sample of the types of questions a prospective citizen would be required to answer correctly:
For more information about citizenship go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. Or, better yet, go to the library shelves and browse the 323.6 section.
To learn more about our newest citizen Red Sox slugger, borrow Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits [B ORT].
Congratulations Mr. Ortiz. We're proud of you!