15 new U.S. citizens welcomed at Gettysburg National Military Park during Dedication Day Ceremony

Gettysburg, Pa.— 15-people, who were born in different countries are now official U.S. citizens. The candidates were naturalized on Sunday in Gettysburg, Adams County.

What was even more special about the event, was that on this day 146-years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg Address.

The candidates are from countries including Bhutan, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Nepal, Niger and Pakistan.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Fran Cissna says this is just the first step in their journey. "This is not the end, this is the beginning. Their citizenship starts today and whatever they can do to manifest that citizenship is what they need to focus on, volunteering, service and commitment to the ideals of our nation," Cissna said.

Cissna also recognized Major Marisol Chalas as an Outstanding American by Choice. The award is given to naturalized a U.S. citizen based on their citizenship achievements.

Chalas immigrated from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. and became an official citizen in 1994. Major Chalas has served in various public and private sector leadership positions and has spent 26-years in the military as a pilot.