Great Falls Welcomes New American Citizens

On Thursday, December 15 I had the honor and privilege to represent the City of Great Falls and the citizens of Great Falls in welcoming 21 newly minted American citizens to our country, state, and community.

The naturalization swearing-in and ceremony was held at the federal courthouse here in Great Falls with the Honorable Brian M. Morris, U.S. Chief District Court Judge for the District of Montana presiding.

I was deeply moved seeing the sincere and grateful faces of the new members of our American family as they held their hands over their hearts and recited our Pledge of Allegiance and then took the Naturalization Oath.

Here is the list of the countries from which these 21 new citizens came.

  • Canada
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Burma
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • Ecuador
  • Dominican Republic
  • Russia
  • Congo
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Columbia
  • Romania
  • United Kingdom
  • Argentina

I was reminded of the awesome privilege, and corresponding responsibilities, of American citizenship and how those of us who were born on freedom’s soil take it all for granted at times.

These beautiful men and women who worked so hard to call themselves American citizens, and respected our laws enough to do it the right way, are an inspiration.


Posted by Rick Tryon

Rick Tryon is an entrepreneur, a singer-songwriter, and is currently serving a four year term as a Great Falls City Commissioner. Helping Montana become an even greater place to live, play and work is Tryon's passion.

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3 Replies to “Great Falls Welcomes New American Citizens”

  1. Congratulations and welcome, law abiding new citizens!


  2. Thank you the article about welcoming the new citizens, but I think this isn’t the current list of citizens. I was at the oath ceremony for my husband and there were 24 new citizens and I don’t see my husband in the picture nor is his originating country listed in the article


    1. Hi Anna,

      There were two swearing in ceremonies that day, morning and afternoon. I attended the afternoon session and that is what the article is referring to, and the picture and list of countries depicts the afternoon attendees only.

      I can only assume that your husband took the oath during the morning session. Welcome to him and to all of our new American citizens.

      Rick Tryon


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