Naturalization ceremony is an All-American celebration
It was a celebration for them, their families and the many U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees at the National Visa Center, which opened its doors at 32 Rochester Ave. at Pease International Tradeport two decades ago.
Cardosi said the learning gave her a strong appreciation for her new home.
Cardosi was one of the 26 new citizens who live in New Hampshire, but originated from 15 different nations, including: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea and Ukraine.
"It takes resolve and determination to become an American citizen," Higginbottom said.
"Each one is unique," Skeens said, adding that the naturalization ceremonies always are celebrations.
It is a special day for the employees at the National Visa Center, especially as they represent a wide range of backgrounds from 40 different countries, said Kim Kelly, director of the NVC "Many of them have gone through this process," Kelly said.
"This is a special day for us," said Michelle Bond, acting assistant secretary for consular affairs.
The four Junior Air Force ROTC cadets who served as the color guard during the ceremony are sophomores at Spaulding High School in Rochester, said Senior Master Sgt. Joe Kerrigan.
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