America's newest citizens took the oath of citizenship during a special naturalization ceremony in Annapolis on Tuesday.
Twenty-three people originating from 18 different countries participated in the annual ceremony on the terrace of the William Paca House and Garden.
Paca was one of the 56 people to have signed the Declaration of Independence. He also served three terms as the Governor of Maryland.
The new U.S. citizens originated from the following countries: China, El Salvador, Estonia, the Gambia, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, South Korea, Spain and Sri Lanka.
The ceremony was part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services annual Independence Day celebration. USCIS Acting Director James W. McCament administered the Oath of Allegiance.
More than 15,000 new U.S. citizens will take the Oath of Allegiance in more than 65 naturalization ceremonies across the country this year.
This is the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.