Fifty people from 13 countries became new U.S. citizens Wednesday in a special ceremony conducted in the shadow of giant sequoias in Kings Canyon National Park.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services conducted its swearing-in ceremony in the Sunset Ampitheater in Grant Grove. The keynote speaker was Dan Renaud, associate director of field operations for the immigration service.
Countries of origin for the new citizens included Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt, El Salvador, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
The ceremony was held in Kings Canyon to help recognize this year as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The event also is part of the immigration service’s observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, which occur on Sept. 17.