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Naturalization ceremony held at Las Vegas City Hall

Don Guevara

Naturalization ceremony held at Las Vegas City Hall

By Don Guevara. CREATED Jun 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas is proud to welcome its newest residents who became U.S. citizens on Tuesday.

The ceremony was part of Celebrate America, the city's initiative to celebrate diversity.

More than 200 people from more than 45 countries became U.S. citizens at the ceremony at Las Vegas City Hall.

Celebrate America is in its 8th year in Las Vegas.

There were many different stories from immigrants, who have fallen in love with our country and the journey they took to become citizens.

Action News spoke to a man who was born in New Zealand but has been living in the United States since the 80s and came to Las Vegas to work in the entertainment industry.

Richard Alanpowcol now lives in Las Vegas with his wife and kids, "It's been my second home for a long time now. It's home even if I travel back to New Zealand, I feel like I'm visiting. America is my home now. It feels very complete to become a citizen."

Among the well wishers at Tuesday's ceremony was Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. She reflected not just on the new citizens' journey, but on their ancestors as well, "To become a citizen of this great country must be so phenomenal and to see it with people who have actually passed through the process, relatives came, unbelievable."

The ceremony was planned so that it happened just before Independence Day, giving the hundreds of new citizens even more reason to celebrate on July 4.

Don Guevara

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Don Guevara anchors the weekend evening editions of Action News.