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Celebrating 41 New Americans in Panama City

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We sing the Star-Spangled Banner in school, special events, and even sporting games.

But, this morning 41 people sang the anthem of their new nation. Judge Richard Smoak swore in 41 new citizens from 24 different countries Friday morning at Panama City City Hall.

They immigrated to America from countries as close as Mexico and Canada to as far away as Vietnam and Russia. No matter where the new Americans came from, it was all smiles as they took the oath of allegiance.

"I'm very happy, excited to be with all my family. They came to this big moment. This is great, and I'm happy to be a citizen," said Natali Miller from Peru.

Miller, like many others, was surrounded by her family and friends.

Special guest speaker Doctor Quang Tran also joined in to share an inspirational message. Tran is a first generation immigrant from Vietnam.

"With hard work and relentless pursuit of your dream, you can realize your goal and become successful person in this country," said Tran.

Friday's ceremony was the 26th Naturalization Ceremony in Panama City.