SEAL HARBOR — For many, Acadia National Park is a chance to escape and relax. For 10 people Friday, Acadia was where their journey to becoming an American citizen was finalized.
A naturalization ceremony was held Friday at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park.
The day also served as a celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
Raymond O‘Hara will always remember Friday as the day he finally become an American.
“After many years of thinking about it, talking about it, planning it, and jumping over several hoops to get here. I‘m just delighted and clearly, the elements are delighted as well to welcome me to America,” O’Hara said.
O’Hara said he is thankful for the moment and believes the atmosphere could not have been any better.
“I was surprisingly emotional as I finally got ready this morning and dusted off my suit for this special occasion. It’s that big a deal. How nice, however, that it’s done in a setting like this that is so representative of what we love about America,” O’Hara said.
O’Hara views America as the land of opportunity but knows he has a responsibility to uphold as a United States citizen.
“There’s everything here. What isn’t here is my job to deliver. Safety, security, national defense and equality for all. Equality for all,” O’Hara said.
Nittaya Dow said she has been waiting for this day for five years.
Dow said she wants to encourage others to work toward their goals and not be scared to follow their dreams of becoming a u-s citizen.
“[Don’t] let your language become a barrier. You just keep going. [Don’t] be afraid. [Don’t] feel down. You can improve yourself every day,” Dow said.