125 become U.S. citizens during naturalization ceremony

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125 people become US citizens in Raleigh

Gladys Pietersz-Verschoor placed her hand over her heart while the National Anthem was sung at the Raleigh Convention Center. Her life changed Friday. She became a US citizen.

"My husband is American, my daughters are American so it's like becoming one of the whole family," Pietersz-Verschoor said, adding, "And this is an awesome country too."

The native of Curaao was among 125 people from 49 countries who became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Raleigh Convention Center. It was held during the International Festival, which runs through Sunday.

Speakers at the event said the immigrants went through a rigorous process and were investigated.

For more info: www.internationalfestival.org

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