Justine Lee, a native of South Korea, pledges allegiance to the United States of America during a naturalization ceremony held at Daley Plaza, which saw 56 candidates from 19 countries become citizens that mid-September day. Lee, who is married to an American citizen, said she wanted to become a naturalized citizen because, “My life is here.” She registered to vote immediately following the ceremony and plans to vote in November. “I’m included in this very important decision for the country, so I’m very honored,” she said.
Rites of Passage define our lives. They signify the progress of time as well as our citizenship in a tribe, in a culture — in life itself.
Chicago commemorates these moments in ways that reflect its diversity, but through difference, we find commonality. We are all connected through these formal and informal ceremonies that remind us how much family, love and time shape us.