LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Over 600 people waved U.S. flags as they
celebrated becoming American citizens yesterday in Louisville.
The ceremony was held in conjunction with the beginning of WorldFest and is believed to be the state's largest. The 600 plus new citizens came from 75 countries to start new lives in America.
Immigrants are eligible to become citizens after spending at least five years in the country. They also have to learn to read and write English and have an understanding of U.S. history and government.
The journey from immigrant to citizen was a difficult one for some.
Daniel Kuol fled his native Sudan over 15 years ago to escape civil war. He arrived in Louisville six years ago with little to his name. He called the ceremony one of the proudest moments of his life.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)