GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The Grand Valley just got a little bigger. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services along with the U.S. District Court of Colorado welcome 19 new citizens today.

This morning, Magistrate Gordon Gallagher administered the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens, during a ceremony at the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building.

After the ceremony wrapped up, Gallagher took photos with the newly minted U.S. Citizens, to document their life-changing moment.

Representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolition, Hispanic Affairs Project and the Mesa County Library Literacy Program also spoke at the event.

The Citizenship candidates originated from 9 countries – including Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand and France – ranging from 21 to 65.

Officials say in all, The USCIS naturalized about 855,000 people last year.

Congratulations to Colorado’s new U.S. Citizens and good luck on your journey ahead!