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Somerville Hosts Naturalization Service at Courthouse During Flag Day Festival

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Residents of Somerset County who migrated to America will become citizens of the United States at a Naturalization Ceremony Saturday, June 10 at the Somerset County Courthouse.

The 11 a.m. ceremony is performed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and hosted by the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 and Somerville Borough, one of several events that will be held as part of the annual Flag Day ceremony.

Mayor Brian Gallagher, Somerset County Freeholders Brian Levine ad Mark Caliguire and Somerville Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler John Blaney will help welcome visitors and preside at Flag Day ceremonies beginning at noon.

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The program will include a re-enactment captured in an iconic photograph of four U.S. Marines raising the American Flag on Iwo Jima Feb. 23, 1945, and a “Flag Day” flag ceremony to commemorate the birth of the American Flag on June 14, 1777, accordint to Michael Minaides, chairman of the Elks Flag Day Committee.

After the ceremony, visitors are encouraged to take part in the free activities in downtown Somerville until 4 p.m.

"Children are encouraged to complete an interactive scavenger hunt among the exhibitors for a prize," Minaides said. "Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactors will bring alive our local history and fire their muskets as part of the ceremonies. Historic military vehicles and cool SWAT, fire and rescue vehicles will also be on display from the Somerset County Sheriff’s and Prosecutor’s Offices and from the Somerville Fire Department and Rescue Squad."

The event will also feature live music, exhibitors, and food vendors. There will also be a bounce house, an airbrush tattoo artist, and many other activities. AT&T will also have an exhibit where attendees can try the latest in virtual reality gear. 

Christopher M. Solan, an Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 84 of Somerville was this year's winner of the 2017 Flag Day Festival American Patriot Award sponsored by the Somerville Elks Club and AT&T.

Solan's project honored the American Flag flag and our country by marking out a route that incorporates sites that were instrumental instrumental in the fight for independence during the Revolutionary War, helping to preserve history for future generations.

“This young man demonstrates that love of country and of our great history is still alive among the younger generation and so the story of Chris Solan’s admirable Eagle Scout project and the history behind it should be widely shared,” Minaides said.

To learn more about the route and the project you can visit this website.

During the event, the Somerville Elks Club will also announce its Flag Art and Photography/Digital Image Contest, finalists artwork can be found on the Flag Day Festival Facebook page.

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