A group of nearly 100 immigrants became naturalized citizens Thursday in Alexandria, Virginia.
Hailing from 33 countries, 93 people took the Oath of Allegiance at a ceremony on Citizenship Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Constitution on this day in 1787. More new citizens participated in the annual ceremony in Alexandria on Thursday than ever.
"I'm so proud to be here now. I already have a job and my family all are here, so I feel peaceful and safe," said Iraq native Aliaa Shimmary, who now lives in Arlington.
Venezuela native Farah Vivas, who now lives in Fairfax, said she was excited to participate in the festivities.
"I want to thank this country for the opportunity that's it's giving me and for the rest of the people here, to be another American," she said. "Very proud of U.S."