Sixty residents finally had the chance to take part in a Naturalization Ceremony Wednesday.
The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services hosted the ceremony at the Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
One by one, citizenship candidates received their certificate of naturalization.
The 60 candidates originate from the following 31 countries: Albania, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo Kinshasa, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
USCIS will celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our country by welcoming about 7,500 new citizens in nearly 110 naturalization ceremonies between July 1 and July 5.
James Miller is originally from the United Kingdom and says the experience is a long time coming.
“It’s a very exciting time, I’ve been waiting for this moment for 12 years,” said Miller. “I’m pleased that I can finally become a citizen.”
Jennifer Sticco is lives in Westport and originally from Canada.
“I think it’s a great place and opportunity for my kids to see this happen,” said Sticco. “It’s thrilling to know my husband andson can see this happen.”
The U.S. citizens and their family were able to enjoy the Yard Goats following the ceremony.
U.S. Sen.Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, and Hartford Luke Bronin made remarks during the naturalization ceremony.