New U.S. citizens sworn-in at Capital Region ceremonies

July 04, 2018 06:26 PM

STILLWATER - Cities across the country celebrate the Fourth of July with a special event - a naturalization ceremony. One was being held in Albany Wednesday afternoon. Another was held Wednesday morning at Saratoga National Historical Park.

At the latter ceremony, there were 20 new United States citizens from 14 different countries. They include Bangladesh, Burma, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, India, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Pakistan and People's Republic of China.

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Across the country this week, there are more than 14,000 people becoming United States citizens in 175 ceremonies similar to this one.

Here with such a historical backdrop, there were some lighthearted moments mixed in with the significance of the day. The ceremony had a revolutionary flare -- guns, cannons and of course songs to celebrate our country.

It's the 15th naturalization ceremony to take place at the Battlefield and a ceremony these newest citizens will never forget.

"It brought back memories of when I was studying for my exam to become a citizen and also when I went to DC. I went to the National Museum where I got to see the original flag with the 13 colonies, 13 stars on it. It just brought back that feeling and gratitude for what our forefathers did. I can say that now because I'm a citizen," said Millicent Okyree, a new citizen who came here from Ghana six years ago.


Jacquie Slater

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