Court Celebrates Bill of Rights Day with Naturalization Ceremonies

Posting Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
On Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., the District Court of Guam will proudly host two Naturalization Ceremonies in celebration of Bill of Rights Day.
Bill of Rights Day has been celebrated on December 15 every year since President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation in November of 1941 in honor of the document’s 150th Anniversary. The first celebration of Bill of Rights Day took place just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 07, 1941 which we also remember every year. The Bill of Rights, composed of the first 10 Amendments, protects the most fundamental rights given to every American citizen including: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to protest, and the guarantee of equal protection under the law. Locally, a Bill of rights for Guam was also created on December 04, 1930 to model the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. This local Bill of Rights includes the writ of habeas corpus and the privilege of voting in local elections.

In line with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines implemented by the Government of Guam, the Naturalization Ceremonies will take place in front of the courthouse, where the soon-to be citizens will take their oath to bear faith and allegiance to our great nation.  This is a momentous event as the court welcomes approximately 40 new citizens. Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood states: “It is a joyous occasion as we welcome our newest citizens during the holiday season and we wish them the best of luck as the begin their new journey in life.