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Toledo Naturalization Ceremony: 1-13

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Mounir Rida waves his flag during the U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at the University of Toledo's Nitschke Auditorium in Toledo, Ohio when asked what he thinks about becoming an American citizen. At right is his wife Ibtissam Abdou Reda.

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Mounir Rida waves his flag during the U.S. Naturalization Ceremony.

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New citizens put their hands over their hearts for the National Anthem. From right is Issa Mohamed Ali, formally of Tanzania, and Hailan Bai, formally of People's Republic of China.

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Deborah Dushane, with the Fort Industry Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution, walks past the new citizens dressed as Betsy Ross.

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Honorable Magistrate Armstrong shakes hands with guest speaker Christa Schmidlin, formally of Italy.

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New citizens give the Oath of Citizenship.

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Former Netherlands citizen Alfred Theodorus Otto Dietrich is one of nearly 50 who cites the Oath of Citizenship.

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Former Tanzania resident Issa Mohamed Ali shakes hands with Deborah Dushane, dressed as Betsy Ross.

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Former United Kingdom resident Hossein Kamal Elgafy and his son Basil, 2, walk off the stage with his paperwork and flag.

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Mounir Rida and his wife Ibtissam Abdou Reda wave their flags as their son Wafi Reda, of Toledo, takes their photo.

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