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New Americans Celebrate Their Citizenship

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RALEIGH — For 252 people attending a ceremony in Raleigh Friday, it was truly a special day. This is the day they became American citizens.

With the help of a gigantic American flag, the Raleigh Civic and Convention Center was transformed into a courtroom where Judge Alexander Denson administered theThe Oath of Allegiance

Many of America's newest citizens had waited years for this day and were not disappointed.

"After 11 years pursuing citizenship, today is the day," says Lucia Morino.

"The United States is the only country in the world where you find dignity and respect and freedom of speech," says Nazam Yousef.

After the new citizens were sworn in, they were given American flags and registered to vote.

Becoming an American citizen takes time and work. Besides learning a new language, there is a lot to learn about American history. As part of the naturalization process, those who hope to become citizens must answer a series of questions about the United States.

While theU.S. Immigration and Naturalization Servicewill not release a copy of the final test, a list of "questions often asked" is available.

So how much do do those of us born here know about America?Take the test to find out!

The Oath of Allegiance:I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;

that I support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic;

that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;

that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law;

that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by law;

that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, so help me God.


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