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Joseph Shoshenskiy, 91, from the Ukraine, came to the United States five years and seven months ago and took only four months to become naturalized as a U.S. citizen once he started the process. He is a Soviet WWII war hero and was proud to wear all of the medals he earned while in the military. Josef, who is Jewish, left his country siting religious persecution. "I am proud to be living in the United States and I want to be an active citizen here. Today is like a big holiday for me and I am so happy and excited to be here." Eighty-one people from nineteen countries became U.S. citizens at 10:30 a.m. on June 20, 2005 in a ceremony held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria campus. The ceremony was held on Monday to honor World Refugee Day and the immigrants were sworn in by U.S. Immigration Judge James Vandello of Denver. (JUDY WALGREN/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) James Vandello (his assistant), Joseph Shoshenskiy (Gary)

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