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    Found it in a manilla envelope labelled "Papa's Citizenship Papers". Of course this isn't a Naturalization Certificate, but its prerequisite: a Declaration of Intention.

    Form 2208

    [To be given to the person making the Declaration]


    Invalid for all purposes seven years from the date hereof

    In the SUPREME Court  of QUEENS COUNTY
    State of New York   )
    County of Queens  )ss:

    I, Salvatore Lembo, aged 44 years, occupation Laborer, do declare on oath that my personal description is: Color White, complexion Dark, height 5 feet 6 inches, weight 140 pounds, color of hair Dark, color of eyes Brown other visible distinctive marks None

    I was born in Ucria, Italy on the     day of         ,anno Domini 1870; I now reside at             Queens Co, N.Y. emigrated to the United States of America from Naples, Italy on the vessel Nord Amerika   1907; my last foreign residence was Ucria, Italy

    It is my bona fide intention to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to Victor Emmanuel III King of Italy, of whom I am now a subject;

    I arrived at the port of New York, in the State of New York, on or about the   day of          , anno Domini 1907; I am not anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therein: SO HELP ME GOD.

    s Salvatore Lembo

    Subscribed and sworn to before me
    in the Office of the Clerk of Court
    this       day of              , anno Domini 1915


    Clerk of the SUPREME Court.
    By s Albert W. Palmer, Special Deputy Clerk
    My late great grandfather came here in 1907, served in the US Merchant Marine during World War I, and made a life for himself and his family. None of that first generation ever looked back. None of them ever talked about "Second Amendment remedies", or flew any flag other than that of the United States (they always had at least one hanging up somewhere). Most importantly I think they had a deep appreciation of what it meant to be "the other".

    If only more of us who came after would remember that.

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