With their hands over their hearts and voices loud, 90 new Americans pledged their loyalty to the United States in a naturalization ceremony at Missouri State University.
Thirty-two different countries were represented in the Plaster Student Union. They had waited in lines, filled out paperwork and fought through the challenges of becoming an American. For the 90 successful applicants, a new life begins.
Doug Harpool, a U.S. District Court Judge for Western Missouri, officially welcomed the crowd of new American citizens.