New Americans

Thursday, May 13, 2010

One event that is sure to stir every American's patriotism is a naturalization ceremony where new citizens are sworn in. Such an event was held last month at the Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau. The event coincided with the dedication of the Judicial Education and History Center in the courthouse, an exhibit that tells the story of the courthouse's namesake and explains the function of federal courts.

Speaking at the event were U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry, U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr., U.S. Magistrate Judge Lewis M. Blanton, Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Ken Dobbins and assistant U.S. attorney and naturalization examiner Paul W. Hahn.

In addition to the welcoming of 14 new Americans who took the citizenship oath, the ceremonies also provided an opportunity for welcoming the public to the new courthouse on Independence Street.

The Limbaugh Courthouse is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Visitors must have a valid ID and must enter through the security checkpoint at the main entrance. Visitors' ID badges must be worn at all times while in the building.

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