20 soldiers became U.S. citizens

San Diego-On Friday morning, 20 soldiers had an unforgettable start to the weekend of July 4.

Military personnel from 10 countries became the newest American citizens at a ceremony held at the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.

Eight sailors and 12 marines came from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ghana, Honduras, Liberia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago.

“I have waited for this moment for 19 years. I am very excited. To be honest, I am very proud to be here now,” a service member told FOX 5 at the ceremony.

The Chief Justice of the United States Dana Sabraw swore allegiance to Midway Island and plans to hold more than 100 naturalization ceremonies with the theme of Independence Day across the country from June 30 to July 7.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service stated that approximately 625,000 people will be naturalized in fiscal 2020.



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