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Lowynn Atkinson, right, kisses her granddaughter, Hope, 4. The pair, from Liberty Center, were there to support their friend Chao Cui, who was being sworn in as a citizen.

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Julius Blanco, an emigrant from the Philippines, discusses his experience of coming to the United States and become a citizen as he addresses a packed room of more than 100 people. "Create your own American dream," Blanco told them.

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Julius Blanco.

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Miyonnah Gordon, 6, left, and her sister Serinity, 3, right, help one another button their sweaters. Thirty eight new citizens, including the girls' mother Kymaeh Brisbane Gordon, were sworn in during the ceremony.

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Serinity Gordon, 3, center, and her sister Mariah, 5, right, sit as the girls' mother Kymaeh Brisbane Gordon, was sworn in during the ceremony. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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New citizens wave their American flags.

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Andres Ouijada Fuentes, left, and his wife Carie, of Sylvania, posed for a photograph together. The couple is expecting their first child tomorrow. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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Faithful Famogun, left, leans forward to listen to a speaker address herself and other new citizens.

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citizens13 New citizens hold American flags.

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Rana El Khatib, center, holds her daughter, Mira Moussa, 1, as she and other new citizens listen to guest speakers.

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Teresita Castillo Badman, center, smiled as she received her documentation of citizenship after bring sworn in.

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citizens13 Miyonnah Gordon, 5, left, Serinity, 3, center, and Mariah, 5, right, sit together during the Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, naturalization ceremony at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Thirty eight new citizens, including the girls' mother Kymaeh Brisbane Gordon, were sworn in during the ceremony. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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