Naturalization ceremony held in New Bern

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - More than two dozen people officially became U.S. citizens Friday.

A naturalization ceremony was held ahead of Veterans Day at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan led the 25 candidates for citizenship in the oath of allegiance.

Jennifer Bick was among those who became U.S. citizens. It's a day she's waited for for 29-years. She came to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 8-years-old. She says, "It's been very long, exciting, stressful but I'm glad it's here. If you do it the right way and you know, you stick it out then you get the reward."

Army Specialist Edan Segal came to America a year ago from Micronesia. He says, "I'm just glad to be a U.S. citizen finally."

Afterward, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution collected voter registration forms from the new citizens.