Watch: James A. Garfield National Historic Site Hosts Naturalization Ceremony
Twenty-five people from across the globe celebrated the Fourth of July by becoming citizens of the United States of America
They came from 20 different countries and four continents -- leaving the Ukraine, Zambia, the Phillipines, Iran, Pakistan and more -- to gather Friday at James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor.
And today they are all Americans.
These 25 people became U.S. citizens during the park's annual Fourth of July naturalization ceremony.
Ohio State Rep. Ron Young was one of the government officials who congratulated them Friday.
"You've come to a country where you have the opportunity -- in fact, not just the opportunity but the challenge, if you will -- to pursue your highest an most noble goal," Young said.
"Whether that's to be an artist, a business leader, a government leader -- whatever your goal is, America wants you to pursue that goal."
Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak brought his son to the ceremony.
"I wanted him to be able to witness this because I wanted him to see that value that all of you place on your new-found American citizenship," Filipiak said.
Rudolph Garfield, the great-grandson of President James Garfield, also spoke at the ceremony.
"This is a new home for you," he told the new U.S. citizens. "Welcome."