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Welcomed "with open arms," 21 become U.S. citizens in first ever Cape May County ceremony

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Dale Gerhard

Alberto Jimenez Ortiz of Guatemala, clutches his flag during the singing of the National Anthem after the ceremony. In celebration of Law Day, Cape May County hosted its first naturalization ceremony with 21 new U.S. citizens being sworn in by superior court Judge Julio Mendez. Thursday May 1, 2014. (Dale Gerhard/Press of Atlantic City)

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — There were cheers, some tears, a lot of big smiles, flag-waving and prayer as 21 people from diverse backgrounds became Americans on Thursday morning.

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15 images

Dale Gerhard

Alberto Jimenez Ortiz of Guatemala, clutches his flag during the singing of the National Anthem after the ceremony. In celebration of Law Day, Cape May County hosted its first naturalization ceremony with 21 new U.S. citizens being sworn in by superior court Judge Julio Mendez. Thursday May 1, 2014. (Dale Gerhard/Press of Atlantic City)