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Photo of the day: It’s a proud day as 124 become U.S. citizens

Aisha Yasin, of Somalia ,waves an American flag after taking the oath of allegiance to become a U.S. citizen at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. One hundred twenty-four citizenship candidates from 38 countries became U.S. citizens.
Aisha Yasin, of Somalia ,waves an American flag after taking the oath of allegiance to become a U.S. citizen at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. One hundred twenty-four citizenship candidates from 38 countries became U.S. citizens.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

After repeating those words — the U.S. oath of allegiance — 124 candidates became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Thursday at the Capitol in Salt Lake City.

The citizenship candidates are originally from American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Laos, Liberia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Somalia, South Korea, Sweden, Tonga, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam.

The ceremony was hosted by state Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, and the oath was administered by Kin Ma, director of the Salt Lake City field office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In addition, Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, provided a keynote address.

“I’m honored to participate in today’s naturalization ceremony and proud to be among the first to welcome these new American citizens,” Owens said in a statement. “As we celebrate the American dream and a country built on diversity, I am reminded of the most powerful three words in our history, ‘We the People,’ and the values that have united us for over 245 years.”

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