On the Friday before Veteran's Day 23 people swore the oath of citizenship to the United States during a Naturalization Ceremony at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. The historic home is where Ulysses S. Grant is remembered as a husband and father of a Missouri family, a soldier, a U.S. Civil War general and as a president committed to the union of this country and the rights of the citizens within it. This is the fourth ceremony the park has hosted since 2010.
The new citizens came from 17 different countries across three continents. The Honorable Terry I. Adelman from the U. S. District Court presided over the ceremony. He encouraged each of the new citizens to become active participants in their communities. Judge Adelman said that new citizens "renew the life blood of this country" and encouraged them to "enrich our culture with your cultures."