By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Phillies welcomed new United States citizens to Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. A federal judge delivered the Oath of Allegiance on the field to 15 newly minted citizens before the Phillies’ 6-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The new citizens say this was a dream come true.

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“I think it’s a great opportunity. I’m really glad the USCIS is having the ceremony at the Phillies’ stadium. It’s a very special ceremony for me,” Raquel Luismaya said.

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The naturalization event is part of the federal courts’ annual education outreach program ahead of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Sept. 17.