VIDEO: Naturalization Ceremony
San Day Dee left his home country of Myanmar, also known as Burma, to
avoid the atrocities committed by the nation’s military. He spent four
years living in a refugee camp in Thailand before finding a new home in
the United States.
On Thursday, Dee expressed his appreciation to the country that took
him in, as he and 45 other new citizens were sworn in at a
naturalization ceremony in Utica.
“Many thanks to (the) United States of America, city of Utica, for
welcoming my friends and family,” he said.
The ceremony at the Alexander Pirnie Federal Building was full of
welcome wishes and cultural blending. U.S. District Judge David Hurd
oversaw the ceremony. Deputy Clerk Craig Minor administered the Oath
for Citizenship and also was involved in distributing the Certificates
Guest speaker Peggy O’Shea, CEO of the Community Foundation of Herkimer
& Oneida Counties, Inc asked the new citizens to share their cultures
with the community.
“We welcome you here,” she said.“There are many in this courtroom who
take being a citizen for granted, I’m sad to say, but I know you never
The new citizens’ reasons for coming to the U.S. were as varied as
Husband and wife Thahn Ba Bui, 44, and Tram Tran Ngoc Nguyen, 35,
originally are from Vietnam. They came over for the benefit of their
daughter, 6-year-old Truc Bui, who now can be raised with more
“I love my country, but I love it here more,” Nguyen said.
Hard workers,looking to be part of the American Dream. Great time to invest in Utica because 150 more families will be coming soon and they will need a place to live.