Though each person’s journey to this day was unique,  in unison over 100 people from more than 40 countries took an oath to become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on August 3, 2018.

The event was hosted by Rep. Norm Thurston in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Chris Mann, a business owner, designer and a recently new U.S. citizen delivered the keynote. He encouraged the new citizens to write down why they decided to become an American to remind and inspire them during difficult times.

Congresswoman Mia Love gave the welcoming remarks where she stated that naturalization ceremonies are her favorite event to attend as a member of Congress.

“It’s truly a joy to see and meet the people who take that oath seriously and to share my family’s story with them, said Love in her weekly newsletter. “ They now have something that no one can take away: full, legal American citizenship.”

Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, administered the Oath of Allegiance.

Rep. Thurston concluded the ceremony by encouraging the new citizens to be actively engaged in local, state and national matters as well as voice their opinion in future elections by registering to vote.

Congratulations to the new citizens of this great country.

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