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27 men and women become Montana's newest American citizens

By KECI Staff
Published On: Jul 18 2013 06:19:22 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2013 06:23:57 PM MDT
27 men and women become Montana's newest American citizens
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Montana has 27 proud, new American citizens.

They come from Brazil and Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Australia, and Afghanistan. They were born in Romania, Belarus and Trinidad and Tobago. Now, they call Montana home.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch presided over the naturalization ceremony in the Missoula Federal Courthouse.

Musician Howard Kingston sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Anthony T. Higuera, from Webelos 1 Scout with Pack 4912, from Target Range School.

"Wow, we're happy," said new American citizen Hao Wang from China.

"I'm proud of him," said his wife Trudy Wang. "Very proud of him."

"I'm American through and through," said Melissa Payne, from Saskatchewan, Canada. She now lives in Great Falls with her family.