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Macon museum hosts naturalization ceremony

Seventy four people from 32 countries proudly became Americans Monday at the

Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon.

Susan Welsh, museum executive director, said it was the first time that a naturalization ceremony had been held there.

The ceremony marked a long journey to citizenship for most in the crowd.

People from Ukraine, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan and many other places packed into the museum's auditorium.

Each one filled out miles of paperwork, took tests and passed screenings to get to this point.

After taking the oath of allegiance, pledging to the flag and receiving a certificate of citizenship, each person officially became an American.

Jorge Zamora moved to the U.S. 12 years ago from Columbia. He now lives in Warner Robins and works in the health care industry. He said, "America gave me an opportunity for me and my family, to have many things."

Ariana Snider moved to the U.S. eight years ago. She married an American soldier. She now lives in Warner Robins with her husband and two children.

After the ceremony, she explained what it meant to her to be an American. Snider said, "It's an opportunity for everyone. You can start from zero."

Snider is taking college courses and wants to get into the health care administration field.

Representatives from the Citizenship and Immigration Service out of Atlanta organized the event.


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