Thursday, September 26, 2013

Proud to Be An American

The United States District Court for the District of Kansas will hold a special naturalization ceremony at the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kansas on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.  The Honorable James P. O’Hara, Magistrate Judge for the District of Kansas, will preside over the ceremony on the grounds of the Fort, 

which features a welcome from Fort Scott Mayor Cindy Bartelsmeyer, musical performances from the Fort Scott High School band, orchestra and choir, and an address from the Honorable Mark A. Ward, District Judge of the 6th Judicial District. 

  Pittsburg State University Army ROTC will present of colors and lead the new citizens in the pledge of allegiance.  

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Approximately 90 applicants will be naturalized at the ceremony, which is open to the public.  In case of rain or other inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Fort Scott Memorial Hall.

A luncheon to honor the new citizens follows immediately in the Grand Hall.    The Luncheon is provided by the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site and is free to the new citizens and their families.

We hope you and your family attend this event where, what we take for granted -- our citizenship, is prized and revered by these, our newest citizens.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


One Flag

One life lost
in Iraq or Afghanistan

Almost 7,000 flags
on the Parade Ground
of the Fort Scott National Historic Site

In dawn's early light

So proudly they wave

A Field of Honor

To Honor The Fallen

Of the 21st Century

On the grounds of an 18th Century Fort

The Field of Honor

And the flags.