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Sauder Village Naturalization Ceremony

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The Fulton County Honor Guard opens the naturalization ceremony at Sauder Village in Archbold.

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Debbie David, executive director of Sauder Village welcomes people to the naturalization ceremony at Sauder Village in Archbold.

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U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp speaks to attendees about to become American citizens.

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Guest speaker Siegrid Richer, a naturalized citizen from Germany, spoke of the importance of retaining and sharing one's beliefs and culture. "Offer who you are as a gift you can give the country," Richer said.

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Nine People from seven countries take the Oath of Allegiance during the naturalization ceremony. From left: Clarissa Esterhuizen, Peter and Valerie Garforth, Mirvatte Jawad Ghoneim, Gabriela Lavinia Goble, Jonathan Howard Gray, Waqar Habib, Guedeyi Yaeneta Hayatou, and Catherine Agustin Held.

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Nada Mounif Salem, of Lenanon, front right, and Shukri Hassan Shire, of Canada, receive flags and congratulations during the ceremony.

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The Leroux family of Canada, from left, Heather Sarah Leroux and her parents Sonja Ruth and Zachary Scott Leroux take the Oath of Allegiance.

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Guedeyi Yaeneta Hayatou of Cameroon and a resident of a Bowling Green, left, with U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp, and Steve VanSickle, of Sauder Village.

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