94 new Dutch citizens during naturalization ceremony

POSTED: 07/8/13 12:23 PM

St. Maarten – 94 new Dutch Citizens, 29 of whom are born on St. Maarten, 55 women and 39 men, took the pledge of allegiance before Governor Eugene Holiday during the naturalization ceremony which took place at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa last week Friday. The pledge of allegiance, as is expressed when either taking an oath or making a promise is the final mandatory step in the process of obtaining the Dutch nationality.

“In the context of the St. Maarten community naturalization is the start of a new chapter in your life. For those of you who were born here or came here at a young age St. Maarten may be all you know and this day will be a formalization of your relation with the St. Maarten Community,” Governor Holiday said during the ceremony. “For the older ones among you, today is a validation of your decision to make St. Maarten your home. For all of you it is truly a new beginning and it is my hope that it will be a journey of growth towards a stronger St. Maarten.”

Governor Holiday congratulated the new citizens who had obtained their Dutch nationality after the ceremony, in a more personal way during a reception.

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