Thursday, July 4, 2013

Naturalization Ceremony | July 4, 2013


Kenyan candidate Naomi Wachira weeps while being sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the 29th Annual Naturalization Ceremony Thursday, July 4, 2013, in the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion in Seattle. The event, hosted by the Ethnic Heritage Council, brought 490 candidates from 87 countries and nations to swear in as U.S. citizens. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Onlookers watch the Native American performance of "The Spirit in All Things" during the 29th Annual Naturalization Ceremony Thursday, July 4, 2013, in the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion in Seattle. The event, hosted by the Ethnic Heritage Council, brought 490 candidates from 87 countries and nations to swear in as U.S. citizens. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Crowds watch as candidates are sworn in at the 29th Annual Naturalization Ceremony Thursday, July 4, 2013, in the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion in Seattle. The event, hosted by the Ethnic Heritage Council, brought 490 candidates from 87 countries and nations to swear in as U.S. citizens. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Candidates from 87 different countries rejoice after being sworn in at the 29th Annual Naturalization Ceremony Thursday, July 4, 2013, in the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion in Seattle. The event, hosted by the Ethnic Heritage Council, brought 490 candidates. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Ethiopian candidate Giftle Hassen weeps while being sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the 29th Annual Naturalization Ceremony Thursday, July 4, 2013, in the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion in Seattle. The event, hosted by the Ethnic Heritage Council, brought 490 candidates from 87 countries and nations to swear in as U.S. citizens. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


An onlooker watches the 29th Annual Naturalization Ceremony from a lush vantage point Thursday, July 4, 2013, in the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion in Seattle. The event, hosted by the Ethnic Heritage Council, brought 490 candidates from 87 countries and nations to swear in as U.S. citizens. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)

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