Pop quiz: Compare the two photos and guess the difference:
Easy: On the left I'm German. On the right I'm American. That's right, on September 5th 2002 I became an American citizen. The left photo was taken before the ceremony, the right one afterward.
The ceremony took place in San Francisco in the Masonic Center. On this day alone over 1,300 new citizens were sworn in. The ceremony is held twice a month and is only for the San Francisco Bay Area region.
A snapshot from the visitor gallery down on the stage. You can see the judge, the INS employees, and a small part of the crowd of new citizens.
After the ceremony with the citizenship certificate.
Such a historical event has to be properly celebrated of course, therefore we had a party on Saturday...