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10 become U.S. citizens during Parris Island #naturalization ceremony

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — Becoming part of the few and the proud left Pvt. Edson Machado sore and breathless. But it was another oath that left the 27-year-old Marine nearly speechless. "It's my pleasure to first address you as 'my fellow Americans,'" Kathy Redman, southeast regional director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told Machado and nine other Marines during a naturalization ceremony Thursday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Advertisement Before family and friends, the nine trainees and one sergeant from 10 different countries raised their right hands to become the first group of Marines at Parris Island to become U.S. citizens. The ceremony, held during Family Day before the Marines graduate from basic training today, was part of a recent expansion of a federal initiative to expedite citizenship for active-duty military personnel who are ...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/10-become-u-s-citizens-dur...

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