WENATCHEE — Twenty-eight people from five countries became U.S. citizens Thursday during a music-and-patriotism-filled ceremony at Pybus Public Market to commemorate Citizenship Day.
“You are the brand-newest U.S. citizens,” Keith Brown, field office director for Citizenship and Immigration Services, said in welcome to the newly sworn-in group.
Group members, originally from Canada, Nepal, Ukraine, Vietnam and Mexico, are part of about 18,000 people expected to become U.S. citizens this week to commemorate Constitution Week.
They watched a short video message by President Barrack Obama, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by musical group Mariachi Estrella de Mexico and singer Steve Stefanides.
Many of the local group attended citizenship classes in and around Wenatchee. New classes begin next Wednesday. For more information, call Norma Gallegos, 860-0323.