Friday, March 22, 2013
Today I became an American citizen!
A very nice ceremony this morning, at Raleigh-Durham's new US Citizenship and Immigration Services offices. I was one of 57 new citizens, representing 37 countries. One of the best parts was the Call of Nations, when every country represented was called out and those from them asked to stand. There were folks from Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Kenya, Panama, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Canada, Britain, India, South Korea, and others—a real representation of the American melting pot. That brought a tear to my eyes.
Of course, what really set me awash, was the sign off, with a video of Lee Greenwood's song, God Bless the USA.
As we left, Andrew held my hand and said, Congratulations, Kristen."
Next steps: registering to vote, and applying for a US passport!