Colorado servicemen and women become citizens on Independence Day

1 decade 3 years 9 months ago Thursday, April 27 2006 Apr 27, 2006 Thursday, April 27, 2006 11:28:47 AM CDT April 27, 2006 in News
They took the Oath of Citizenship during a ceremony at the state capitol on Sunday.Sgt. Charlito Reyes was one of the servicemen who took the oath today. It was the same oath he took six years ago when he joined the U.S. Army."The best word that can describe my feeling right now is happy," Reyes said.Reyes was born in the Philippines. He joined the military a year after coming to the United States in 1997."Yeah it's a dream come true for me to become a U.S. citizen," he said.Since joining the military Reyes has already done three tours of duty overseas. He served 18 months in Korea, seven months in Bosnia and he recently returned from 13 months in Iraq.Amid cannon fire Reyes officially became a citizen.Now that he's an American, the first thing he plans to do is exercise his right to vote."Right now, I can choose my president, before I can only talk, hey this is what I want, but I don't have rights," Reyes said.Now he has many rights as he moves from immigrant to U.S. citizen.Today's ceremony in Denver was part of a nationwide celebration. Across the country, more than 16-thousand new citizens took the oath.

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