Ceremony held for new U.S. citizens

July 2, 2008 11:28:04 AM PDT
This Friday, thousands of locals will celebrate Independence Day as U.S. citizens for the first time. They took the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony this morning.The induction service was held around 10:30am in northeast Harris County. Everyone at the ceremony had a reason or a story why they wanted to become a United States citizen.

Eyewitness News spoke with one man who is 95 years old and says he has waited half of his life to become a U.S. citizen.

There were also five members of the military that also became a citizen today. Even though they had dedicated their lives to serving this country they say by not having their citizenship before today it felt like something was missing from their lives.

We talked to an entire family, a mother, and their two sons who all worked together to become citizens. All of them saying, today just happening just days before the Fourth of July make it even more special.

"It couldn't have been a better time than to have a citizenship ceremony right now because it is so close to Fourth of July and I'm really ecstatic about it," said Sgt. Johnson with the Texas State Guard. "I'm just really happy. This has been a long time coming."

"We are just really glad we made it in time -- the Fourth of July is really cool but -- the fact that we made it in time to vote in this next election is definitely something really important to me," said new U.S. Citizen A. Hanna.

Hanna and his family are from Canada and they all became citizens together. There is 1, 911 new U.S. citizens and they are from a 110 different countries.

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