Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has welcomed more than 5,000 new citizens in a ceremony at Boston’s Fenway Park.
Napolitano said Tuesday’s ceremony may be the largest naturalization ceremony in the country. She called on the participants to fulfill their new responsibilities.
The ceremony is part of the department’s annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Constitution Week honors the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
It’s the second time that the home of the Boston Red Sox – who are in Seattle to play the Mariners – is being used for a naturalization ceremony. In 2008, the Oath of Citizenship was taken at Fenway Park by around 3,000 immigrants.
Listen to WBZ’s Mary Blake’s report from the event.