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Nearly 120 city and suburban residents will celebrate their first Thanksgiving as U.S. citizens next week after they took the Oath of Allegiance Thursday at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.

The melting pot that is America was well represented at the museum where friends and families gathered to witness a special day. Many of those who were sworn in have lived in the United States for years and said they had dreamed of this moment for such a long time.

From left, Natala Barysevich of Northbrook and Olha Hudzyk of Des Plaines take the Oath of Allegiance at a swearing-in ceremony today at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
(Joel Lerner/Staff Photographer)

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