SEATTLE – Nearly 300 immigrants from 74 countries became citizens of the United States of America on Independence Day during a ceremony in Seattle. Now a 30-year tradition, the Seattle Center hosts a public naturalization ceremony under the Space Needle on July 4 to celebrate new citizens and their journey to become Americans.
Immigrants from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, the Netherlands, and elsewhere swore allegiance to the United States and completed their requirements for citizenship.
Gov. Jay Inslee was joined by local, state, and federal leaders in addressing and congratulating the new citizens. Each spoke a message of hope, optimism, and the importance of voting to the future of America.
“Despite the challenges they faced, my parents brought with them their hopes, their dreams, and their belief in the promises of the United States,” said District Court Judge David Estudillo.
“Our national anthem ends in a question: ‘O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave / O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave,’” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “You will help us answer that question. You, new citizens, will help us keep the American flag waving.”