Emotional Citizenship Ceremony at the Federal Building
Twenty-five people from fifteen different countries were declared American citizens for the first time at the Federal Building in Bangor on Friday.Diana Martinez has been in the U.S. for more than ten years, “I’m really excited. This is a new chapter in my life, finally I get to claim citizenship. I get to vote most importantly,” she said. During the ceremony the judge lead the courtroom in the Pledge of Allegiance, and everyone sang the National Anthem.Edward Dennis has lived in the U.S. for more than twenty-five years. He’s originally from Ireland, his son and grandson were with him as he became a citizen. His other son served in Iraq.”Freedom comes at a high cost and we should remember that and respect the independence that America has today,” Dennis said.”I’m so glad that I can call myself an American and have the same freedoms, the same rights that every American has today,” Khasin Abdisaln Saban from Somalia said.For many, calling the United States “home” gives them a new way of life.Andrea Darok is originally from Budapest, Hungary,”I grew up in communism so that was a completely different set up, an atmosphere that I was not used to, so I feel very privileged to be here in this country,” she said. The rights and freedoms that ensure this “American” way of life, are what most said they were thankful for.”But if you are an American. Here you can vote, you can have a lot of freedoms like freedom of religion freedom of assembly,” Saban said.”The freedom of speech. That you can be, do, believe anything you want, and knowing that you can have a dream and you can achieve it,” Martinez said.