Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams welcomed 38 new Americans today at a naturalization ceremony in Centennial, where proud friends and families waved American flags as they took the oath of allegiance.
“My office helps Coloradans to achieve the American dream,” Williams told the 38, who immigrated from 24 different countries. “We are here to help you achieve exactly that.”
After the ceremony, the secretary of state’s office registered new citizens who wanted to immediately sign up to vote.
Colorado’s latest U.S. citizens, hailed from a variety of countries, including Burma, El Salvador, France, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, Nepal, Russian and Vietnam.
“This shows the great diversity of those who want to make the United States their home,” said Scott Koenisberg with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He oversaw the ceremony and administered the oath.
Samrawit Gebremesekel, a 37-year-old who was born in Ethopia beamed throughout the ceremony. Afterward, she was asked what it meant to her. “Just everything,” she said.
Williams, who took office in January as Colorado’s 38th secretary of state, said he enjoys speaking to new U.S. citizens. Again and again he posed with a new American while their family and friends took pictures.
The Mount Rosa chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution handed out flags to the guests. The new citizens were asked to document their journeys so their descendants will have a record of their experiences.