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Alaskans celebrate new citizens at Kincaid Chalet

By KTVA CBS 11 News 7:20 AM July 4, 2014

For several dozen Alaska men and women hailing from 29 different countries, this Fourth of July marks an important occasion.

It’s their first Independence Day as American citizens: Thursday, they participated in a formal naturalization ceremony at Kincaid Park’s chalet. For some, the road to citizenship has been a long one and following the ceremony, there were emotional celebrations between friends and family.

“I feel happy,” said Sarocha Sawyer, holding a mini American flag and her new citizenship certificate. “I feel a part of America.”

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, nearly 9,000 people will become U.S. citizens during more than 100 naturalization ceremonies across the country this week.


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