By Alin K. Gregorian
BOSTON — About 100 brand-new US citizens spent their first hours as Americans at the Armenian Heritage Park on Thursday, October 13, where they were welcomed warmly by members of the Armenian community, who hosted the only way they can, with song, food and drink.
As the new citizens made their way over to the Armenian Heritage Park from Faneuil Hall, where the swearing-in had taken place, greeters offered them American flag pins, trays of sweets and refreshing apple cider.
The day’s event included a brief program, where the judge who had just administered the citizenship oath, retired senior United States District Court Judge Rya Zobel, came to the park to deliver some pithy remarks.
“I wish to thank the Friends of Armenian Heritage Park, the organizers of this reception and its collaborators: Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, City of Boston Office of Immigrant Advancement, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy,” she said. “Particular thanks go to the Armenian community for not just for organizing and hosting this reception but also for its long time and consistent recognition and celebration of the immigrant experience.”