Mt. Pleasant historic site holds 20th annual naturalization ceremony

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site held a naturalization ceremony Friday morning.

103 people raised their right hands, and took the oath of allegiance becoming U.S. citizens.

The 20th annual ceremony was on the grounds of Snee Farm, which Charles Pinckney once owned. Pinckney was a drafter and signer of the U.S. Constitution and greatly contributed to South Carolina's development. The Citadel color guard presented the colors while a local 5th grader led the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Charles Pinckney's role in framing the US Constitution make this site an appropriate place to welcome new citizens into this country and to reflect on the meaning and responsibilities of citizenship," Superintendent Gary Stansberry said. "We encourage the public to come out and watch this moving and life-changing ceremony. Upon taking the Oath of Citizenship, the final step in a long and challenging process, these new American citizens will have the full rights and protections granted by the US Constitution."

"This is a great moment. I've been living in this country for five years, and this is home. Now I can actually vote which is super exciting to me. This is just priceless," Nadwa Aldawsari said.

These new citizens come from 44 different countries including South Africa, Panama and Yemen.

The American Red Cross, Charleston County Board of Elections and US Passport services provided support to new citizens at the event.

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