Oare Beyah Singing to the audience

C.A.P. Welcomes New Citizens

The Utica Cadet Squadron color guard welcomed 25 new citizens from countries around the world, including Taiwan and Afghanistan, by Posting and Retiring the Colors. Posting and Retiring the Colors, a prominent part of many formal assemblies, opened and closed the ceremony during which this group was legally recognized as part of this great nation.
Cadet Master Sergeant Geoffrey Schmidt led the guard as the Bearer of the Colors. Cadet Staff Sergeant Skyuler Strough and Cadet Senior Airman Tyler Kulesa flanked him. These cadets are the heart and core of the squadron’s color guard. They have made themselves available to most or all of the Naturalization Ceremonies the squadron has performed at for the better part of the last 3 years. Over the past 6 years the Utica Cadet Squadron, between federal and county level events, has posted colors for well over 25 Naturalization ceremonies.
A beautiful rendition of the National Anthem was sung by Oare Beyah accompanied by Carlton Boone on the keyboard. Sandra J. Deperno, Oneida County Clerk, guided the ceremony which was overseen by the Honorable David A. Murad. The new citizens were welcomed by a very profound speech given by the guest speaker the Oneida County District Attorney Scott M. McNamara.

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