It began with the Call to Order by Shaunna Tellinghuisen, Deputy Clerk, U.S. District Court followed by Presentation of United States Flag by the Honor Guard from Ellsworth Air Force Base. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by The Honorable Jeffrey L. Viken, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court. The Dakota Choral Union performed the Star Spangled Banner.
Oath of Allegegiance
Do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
That you will give up and surrender any allegiance to any king, queen, or prince, or to any state or country, which you have held up until this day;
That as a citizen of the United States, you will, when lawfully directed, bear arms or perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or you will, when directed, perform non-military service on behalf of the United States.
That you take these obligations freely, without any purpose of evasion, and declare today, that you are a citizen of the United States of America?
photos and video by Amy and Otto Bochman