GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The nation now has 40 new citizens after they took an oath on top of Colorado National Monument.

Local naturalization ceremonies are usually held in a federal court building in downtown Grand Junction, but for the first time, national monument officials sponsored the special event on Tuesday.

Immigration services director Andy Lambrecht says the new citizens came from 20 different countries with hopes of becoming U.S. citizens.

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