July 3, 2008

Newseum Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

The Armed Forces Color Guard presents the colors. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)
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The Armed Forces Color Guard presents the colors. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)

Fifty individuals representing 26 countries take the oath of citizenship. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)
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Fifty individuals representing 26 countries take the oath of citizenship. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)

New citizen receives congratulations and a naturalization certificate. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)
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New citizen receives congratulations and a naturalization certificate. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)

Proud to be an American. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)
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Proud to be an American. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)

New citizen shows off her naturalization certificate. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)
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New citizen shows off her naturalization certificate. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)

Proof of citizenship. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)
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Proof of citizenship. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)

Looking over the flag. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)
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Looking over the flag. (Scott Henrichsen/Newseum)

WASHINGTON — Fifty individuals from 26 countries were sworn in as new U.S. citizens July 3, 2008, during an annual naturalization ceremony sponsored by the Newseum and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

This year marks the ninth year that the Newseum has hosted a naturalization ceremony in celebration of the July 4 holiday, but the first ceremony to take place at the new Newseum located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 400 individuals from 87 different countries have become citizens during the last eight ceremonies.

The 26 countries represented in 2008 include Canada, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

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