100 Sworn in as Citizens as Constitution is Feted


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- New U.S. citizens took their oath on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the nation's Constitution.


Secretary of State Jesse White on Monday presided over the ceremony in which 100 people born in 32 different countries were sworn in as citizens.


The event took place at the Richard J. Daley Plaza in Chicago's Loop. It included a naturalization ceremony conducted by U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan (der-YAY'-gen),


White asked the audience to "reflect on the many freedoms our Constitution guarantees us," and noted the bond shared with the new citizens.


Officials from the U.S. District Court, U.S. Navy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, De La Salle Institute and UNO Charter School participated in the ceremony.

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