Natives Of 91 Nations Become US Citizens

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - In what officials called the most diverse naturalization event ever held in Kentucky, 567 people from 91 countries raised their right hands in unison and took the oath of allegiance in becoming American citizens Friday.

Cuban native Hermys Yanes flashed a broad smile and waved an American flag in allegiance to his new country as hundreds of immigrants took part in an enormous citizenship ceremony

"It has been one of the greatest days of my life," a beaming Yanes said afterward.

The 35-year-old Yanes said he's on track to graduate from the University of Louisville in December and then hopes to land a nursing job in his adopted city of 7½ years.

"Here I have the greatest opportunity be myself," he said.

The naturalization ceremony coincided with Louisville's WorldFest celebration, which celebrates the city's diversity.

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  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Aug 31, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    You have my utmost respect for following the rules when most do not. You are very welcome!!!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Aug 30, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    Amazing! 567 new AMERICANS! Novel idea doing it legally. Congratulations to all of you, and welcome to your new home!


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