Archive for February, 2012

Yea, Elizabeth!

February 29, 2012

 

After 50+ years of pledging her allegiance to America as a British Citizen, last Friday Elizabeth made it official when she raise her right hand and took the oath to become a U.S. citizen.  There were 162 others from 67 countries who were sworn in at the same ceremony with her.   The air was filled with emotion and pride from those becoming American Citizens and from those of us witnessing it.  The photo I have attached shows the emotion that Elizabeth was feeling as she pledged her allegiance to her new homeland.  Yesterday she registered to vote and today we will renew my passport and apply for her first U.S. passport.  We are pleased and excited about her chance to vote for the first time in her life.
Hope you are all well-

Mike

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Elizabeth Hannan’s News

February 10, 2012

Dear BALTA Friends-

After 19,970 days in the United States, pledging her allegiance to the American Flag (and America), paying income taxes and Social Security and Medicare for more than 50 years, Elizabeth will become an American Citizen on Feb 24.

For all practical purposes, since we have known her, she has always been an American but held off giving up her British citizenship because of the possibility of needing to returning there to take care of family.   Now, except for nephews and cousins, she no longer has family living in Britain so it is now time to make the transition.

Needless to say it’s a big day for her and, rest assured, it is for me as well because besides doing this for me she wanted to have the right to do something she has never been able to do here or in England ……..vote for the first time in her life.

Hope you are all well-

Mike