On March 27, 1951 I was inducted into the U.S. Army at Ft. Meade, Maryland. Although
not yet a citizen, my status as a permanent resident made me eligible for the military
draft. I was proud to wear the uniform of the military force that defeated the power
of Nazi Germany.
"I, Peter Zuckerman, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
On July 15, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Clary administered the oath of citizenship to me and 119 other immigrants to the United States.
Judge Clary addressed us with these inspirational remarks:
"In taking this oath, you are receiving a priceless heritage which you should guard well. This form of government has endured because the founding fathers recognized above all that the State is for the citizens, not the citizens for the State.
Certain rights of the individual were granted by Almighty God and not the State. This is set forth in the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted within a few blocks of this courtroom."
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