FRUITA, Colo. (KREX) – The 40 new citizens representing 16 countries, participated in the naturalization ceremony on Wednesday. Normally held in a federal court, the ceremony at the monument is a September tradition as part of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in observation of Constitution Week.
Earning citizenship takes a year, but attendees say this accomplishment fulfills a lifelong dream.
“I’ve been grateful to live here, to get every opportunity, to take chances to do things I know, back at home, I wouldn’t be able to do things for myself.” One new U.S Citizen from Mexico reflects, ” I motivate people to do it, I’ve never had this opportunity and I’m glad I took it.”
“It was so inspiring to hear so many people stand up and give their testimony as to why they decided they made the choice to go through this process and become an American citizen,” Rep. Lauren Boebert expresses, “I heard resounding through every speech: freedom, liberty. opportunity.”
For some newly naturalized, they are among the few in their families to become U.S. citizens, others join loved ones who were born on American soil.
On top of a ceremony at a one national park, the 40 new citizens were surprised with “America the Beautiful” passes from the park superintendent giving them a daily opportunity to enjoy any national park in the United States.
Congratulations to the new citizens representing the following countries:
- South Africa