From the Albany, NY Times Union Newspaper
Fitting day to become a citizen
At a Fourth of July ceremony in
T. FURFARO, Staff writer
"I joined the military for pride, for a better
future, for respect," said Londono, 26, of
Londono still lives in Queens, but he expects to be
deployed soon to
"When the time comes, I will be ready," he said.
Londono and Cianfarani were among 21 new Americans from 18 countries sworn in at the site of the battles that proved to be a turning point of the American Revolution.
"At any time you could have stopped your journey,
but we are glad you didn't," said Duane Booth,
Dressed in traditional Revolutionary War garb, park
ranger Joe Craig read a toast to
The ceremony, one of hundreds throughout the country
Monday, represented the values that make the
"What if all the people throughout the world, all cultures and all colors, didn't come together to form one team, where would we be?" McDonald asked the crowd.
In 1993, Ananthakrishnan and Rama Ramani came from
"We liked it so much, and we knew we had to stay here," said Ananthakrishnan, 48. He and his wife live in Kinderhook with their children, 17-year-old Ashok, and 13-year-old daughter Rohini, who will become citizens today in a ceremony for children. "This country really is liberty and justice for all."
About 60 family members and friends of the new citizens were on hand for the 90-minute morning ceremony beneath a cloudless sky. Ana Leyva translated for her mother, Ana Fuguet, who cried with joy as she spoke about her experiences.
"I now have two countries," said Fuguet, 58,