Yesterday I went to a naturalization ceremony at Beeman Elementary School in New Haven. It was, on the whole, a heartwarming and inspiring experience. Thirty-one people from all over the world becoming U.S. citizens. The teachers, students, staff and administration at Beeman, the music director and singers from Mount Abraham Union High School, the Girl Scouts, and members of the Bristol band, as well as Honorable Colleen A. Brown worked together to put on a creative, professional and welcoming ceremony. I felt proud to be a part of the community.