GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Holding court on the pier at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, sixteen members of the military and their families Friday took the Oath of Allegiance to become citizens of the United States.
These new American citizens were sworn in just days before the nation pauses to honor those who served and sacrificed for this country.
Marco Brown, who lead the pledge of allegiance, and these other new citizens hail from 15 different countries.
“Thank you for that hard work that you’ve done and are still doing for our country,” Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said.
“It’s always something I’ve wanted to do and then having the opportunity to serve the country to which I’m not a citizen to, it’s a big step and now finally I’m a citizen,” said Edward Ackon, who is from Ghana. “It’s really awesome. It’s a beautiful day.”
Coral Enriquez is from Mexico. She’s happy and excited to be a citizen. “I am actually very proud,” she said.
“It’s actually been four years since she’s been trying to do this,” sailor Art Enriquez said.
The day also turned into a real life history lesson for a group of Manchester High School students.
“We were just here to see the Nautilus and we ended up seeing a naturalization ceremony which is pretty cool,” Manchester High Senior Will Calhoun said. “I’ve never seen one before.”
Because of all the hard work it takes to serve in the military and become a citizen, this day is even more special, especially right before the Memorial Day holiday.