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(9/9/04, Denver, CO) A group of nearly 630 Denver-area residents from 99 countries took the Oath of Allegiance and became United States citizens during a special ceremony tomorrow at the Civic Center Park. The ceremony commemorated "Citizenship Day." The Honorable James P. Vandello presided over the ceremony in a special session of United States District Court. Mario R. Ortiz, the Director of the Denver U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office and the Honorable John Hikenlooper, Mayor of Denver, also participated. Army SPC Ganiyu Abdul from Nigeria, SPC Raymond Leyden, from Ireland, and Sgt. Niobel Santos from the Dominican Republic, salute the American Flag during the Pledge of Allegiance before they are sworn in as US citizens. . (JUDY WALGREN/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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