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Various immigrants take the Oath of Citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at 15 Wing Moose Jaw on May 16, 2012.
Lucky Lake’s Mark Langefeld has lived in Canada since his family moved north from Colorado when he was just two years old in 1958. However, it took him over half a century to at long last take the Oath of Citizenship and become a naturalized member of the country.
“I finally got it done,” he told the Times-Herald. “It’s good. It’s a good feeling.”
Langefeld was one of 30 immigrants from 16 countries who partook in a citizenship ceremony at 15 Wing Moose Jaw on Wednesday.
Citizenship Judge Terrence O’Malley conducted the morning events, which were attended by various dignitaries from 15 Wing, Snowbirds Squadron, as well as Moose Jaw Multicultural Council.
“We like to recognize the sacrifice our military makes in keeping us a free nation,” he said about the local air force base hosting the citizenship ceremony.
O’Malley told those taking the oath that it is a very important occasion not only for them as new citizens, but also for Canada as a nation, which grows with their inclusion into the nation’s fold.
“Becoming citizens today is a momentous, defining step as you join the Canadian family,” he said, adding immigration has played an important role in Canada reaching it’s current state, and those new citizens will continue to improve the nation into the future.
For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.