Hundreds become United States citizens at naturalization ceremonies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thursday, hundreds of people in Memphis officially became United States citizens just in time for our nation’s birthday.

The Memphis library hosted two naturalization ceremonies.

Shirleen Lombard’s young son, Judah, beamed with pride as his mother, a Trinidad native, officially joined the only home he has ever known.

“I was excited, because my mom was becoming an American citizen for the first time,” Judah said. Shirleen added, “I feel proud, very proud to be an American.”

Shirleen Lombard has lived in the US for 12 years.

Thursday, she was one of hundreds who took a vow that allows each of them to call themselves Americans.

Sameuini Yahya, a Ghana native, said, “Today is a very special day in my life.”

The immigrants and new citizens came from more than 50 different countries.

For the Lombard’s one sheet of paper has united, not only Shirleen with her citizenship, but also their family.

“To be successful, you have to have a strong family, strong family values,” Shirleen said. “That’s one thing I have as a new citizen.”

Beaming, Judah added, “In America, I know that I’m free.”

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