Thirty-three more people became US citizens after being naturalized at a ceremony in Virginia on May 13, according to the Union Star.
It was the sixth ceremony that was held at Red Hill, which was the home and burial place of the revolutionary war hero Patrick Henry. Henry served as Virginia’s first governor after the colonies became the United States of America.
The newspaper said the event began with a speech by Judge Norman Moon, who welcomed the new citizens and described what the duties of American citizenship involves.
“You can do this by contributing to your community by being a good spouse, a good neighbor and a good parent,” he said.
Moon was followed by Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, who the paper said described how the US is a nation of immigrants, and thanked the crowd for the work they put into becoming citizens.
The source said some of the people being naturalized had lived in the US for as long as 40 years before applying for citizenship.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services requires that permanent residents who want to apply for US citizenship pass English and Civics tests. Applicants will have two opportunities to take the test during the initial interview.