In honor of Constitution Week, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms welcomed 45 new United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony held Thursday in the Atrium of City Hall.

“It is an honor to witness the American dream coming true for these courageous and aspiring citizens who we hope will choose Atlanta to start businesses, raise their families and contribute to our community,” Bottoms said.

In her remarks, the Mayor congratulated the newly naturalized citizens for their commitment and perseverance, acknowledging that the road to becoming a citizen is often difficult.

Also taking part in the event was Kevin Riddle, Atlanta Field Office Director for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

To help those facing obstacles, the City maintains a strategic partnership with the USCIS through Welcoming Atlanta that connects individuals to the resources needed to achieve this important milestone.

Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during The Royal Brunch at Center For Civil & Human Rights on October 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

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