Some of the country’s newest citizens take their oath in Mystic


AND FOR 75 PEOPLE IN MYSTIC… IT IS A DAY THEY WON’T SOON FORGET.THAT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE NOW UNITED STATES CITIZENS. NEWS 8’S STEPHANIE SIMONI MET MET ONE MOTHER WHO SAYS IT’S BEEN 14 YEARS IN THE MAKING. 3 ((I DO…CLAPPING.)) BEFORE TAKING THE OATH TO BECOME A CITIZEN…((I MET HIM AND I LIKED HIM AND VERY DOWN TO EARTH.)) ONE WOMAN TOOK A VOW TO BECOME A WIFE THROUGH AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE BY HIS FATHER.((LAUGHING. MY FATHER CONTACTED HER AND SHE GAVE HER NUMBER TO MY FATHER AND I STARTED TALKING TO HER.)) TURNED OUT DAD KNEW BEST. TEN YEARS OF MARRIAGE, PLUS 2 DAUGHTERS ((CLAPPING.)) AND TODAY ANOTHER MILESTONE.((IN ALL 75 PEOPLE FROM 32 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ACROSS THE WORLD ARE NOW US CITIZENS INCLUDING THE INCLUDING THE YALAMANCHILIS FROM INDIA.))((CLAPPING.)) ((IT’S GREAT…SUCH A NICE FEELING.))((WHOSE BROAD STRIPES.)) TO GET HERE TODAY THE JUDGE PRESIDING OVER THE CEREMONY SAID EACH PERSON WENT THROUGH A 6 TO 9 MONTH PROCESS. FACED AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECK AND PASSED A TEST. EACH PERSON TOOK AN OATH TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE COUNTRY HERE AT MYSTIC SEAPORT ON A VERY APPROPRAITE HOLIDAY, FLAG DAY.((THAT’S GREAT.))((FLAG DAY. THAT’S THE DAY I BECAME A CITIZEN SO THAT’S REALLY COOL.)) AND SHE HOPES WHAT HAPPENED HERE TODAY IS SOMETHING HER DAUGHTERS VALUE WHEN THEY GOT OLDER.((WE ARE A FAMILY RIGHT? SO THEY MIGHT WONDER WHY MOMMY IS GOING INTO A DIFFERENT LINE AND BEING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY I THINK THIS MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM TOO LIKE ALL OF THEM STICK TOGETHER.)) LIVED HERE 14 YEARS.)) WITH THE COUNTRY’S NEWEST CITIZENS IN MYSTIC((GLORIA ASSUA GHANA! CLAPPING)) STEPHANIE SIMONI NEWS 8.

Michael Martin

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