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U.S. citizenship ceremony held at Yosemite's Glacier Point

September 18, 2009 |  1:36 pm

A new naturalized United States citizen receives his certificate at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park during a Naturalization ceremony.

Approximately 35 people received their United States citizenship Thursday during a special ceremony at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

"We are extremely proud and honored to have hosted this special naturalization ceremony," said Scott Gediman, Yosemite's public affairs officer. "To see the emotions of the new citizens as they mark the occasion in Yosemite National Park is truly inspiring and meaningful."

Countries of origin of the new citizens included China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Yemen.

Thanks to a partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the National Park Service, ceremonies were held at national parks around the nation to celebrate National Citizenship Day and coincide with the date that the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

This was the second such ceremony conducted in Yosemite in three years.

"What could be more American than having these people become United States citizens in one of our great national parks," Gediman added. "It was a great day for everybody."

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A new naturalized United States citizen receives his certificate at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park during a naturalization ceremony. Credit: Kari Cobb / NPS

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