Here’s the Breaking News folks…
|Australian Citizenship Pledge: Affirmation|
Yes, yours truly is now an Aussie Citizen. I have always felt Aussie but now I am recognised by the government as being part of this glorious country. I now get to apply for an Australian passport, serve on the jury and most importantly, vote! Once I get an Aussie passport, I get to renounce my Indian citizenship. Which I will do with no qualms whatsoever [No offense to all my Indian readers but I have never ‘felt’ for India as a country]
In order to attain the status of a citizen, I had to attend a citizenship ceremony. I had sat for the test back in March and passed easily so I knew I was approved. Attending the ceremony and reading the above pledge and then receiving the certificate from the Mayor is what makes it official. The ceremony was for about an hour last night where the Mayor of my local council gave a speech followed by three other state members. Then we took either the affirmation (as the pic above) or the oath (same as the pic but with the words ‘under God’) along with the Mayor. And then we had to go up on stage and collect our certificates. Kinda like a graduation ceremony. We ended the ceremony by singing the national anthem. I felt a sense of pride I have never felt for any country. I had tears prickling in my eyes when one of the members talked about giving for our community and getting back so much. I felt a sense of home when another member talked about our local area as being one of the best in Australia (and I agree!!!)
Six of my friends were able to attend and I was touched. We went to the pub after the ceremony for a true Aussie-style celebration. Beer. 🙂
Someone put it really well on a card they gave me: Welcome Home.
I think I was always meant to be here ever since mum and dad bought me the stuffed koala at age 1.
I am home
Until next time,