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Frontier Culture Museum Holds 14th Annual Naturalization Ceremony

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Naturalization Ceremony at the Frontier Culture Museum. Naturalization Ceremony at the Frontier Culture Museum.

Seventy-nine new citizens took the oath of allegiance to the U.S. at a naturalization ceremony at the Frontier Culture Museum Tuesday.

Some of the people promising allegiance to America worked incredibly hard to get here. That includes a man from Argentina who is proud to now call our country home.

"Always I felt American in my mind, in my heart. And now I'm American in papers also," said Javier Torres, a newly naturalized U.S. citizen.

Bands vocalists and cheers marked a milestone for the new Americans, but for Torres, it's much more than pomp and circumstance.

"You know what? It was a long journey to arrive to this point, but I think today start a new journey," Torres said.

After years of working in America, studying the history and language, and passing the citizenship test, the group representing 39 countries came together at the Frontier Culture Museum. They took an oath, listened to speeches and then accepted their certificates of citizenship.

Torres had quite the support group - even the president of his company shared in the festivities.

"To be part of his childhood dream is beyond words," said Lynn Comer, president of Shenandoah Valley Security.

Waiting at the sidelines cheering Torres on was fellow Argentinean friend Pablo Olivieri, who might be next in line if he passes his citizenship test next month.

"It was emotional, and it was emotional for Javier, but I get emotional and it was like, ‘Everyone look at me' in that moment too. It was exciting. I liked it," Olivieri said.

And with Olivieri there, along with other family, colleagues and even hundreds of Shenandoah Valley students, Torres says this is a warm welcome.

"I am very proud. The whole community helped me and really without the community and all my friends, I think this would be not possible to get to this point," Torres said.

The celebrations continued for the group at the Baja Bean restaurant in downtown Staunton. Tuesday marked the Frontier Culture Museum's 14th time hosting the ceremony.

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