Violinist Plays National Anthem at Naturalization Ceremony

After living in the United States for 14 years, Carol Cook is finally becoming a U.S. citizen. According to the Chicago Tribune, Cook, who is from the United Kingdom, is the principal violinist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and played the national anthem at her own naturalization ceremony.

“It was quite a big deal to be sitting here and practicing, and to realize this is my new national anthem,” Cook told the Tribune of playing at her ceremony.

Immigration officer Kevin Stasiek gave Cook the idea when she applied for citizenship. The Tribune said that a recording of the national anthem is typically played during citizenship ceremonies. Cook explained that she now has three national anthems, including the unofficial “Flower of Scotland,” Britain’s “God Save the Queen” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

There were 145 immigrants from 53 countries who were officially recognized as citizens during the ceremony.

New Citizens Welcomed In New York Ceremony
Forty-six immigrants were sworn in at a naturalization ceremony in Utica, N.Y. According to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, the Oath for Citizenship was administered by Deputy Clerk Craig Minor. He also distributed the Certificates of Citizenship.

Although there were a number of reasons the individuals’ came to the U.S., husband and wife Thahn Ba Bui and Tram Tran Ngoc Nguyen wanted their 6-year-old daughter to have more opportunities than she would have had in Vietnam.