Roanoke, Virginia – Celebration ceremony for naturalized citizens took place on Saturday afternoon.
The City of Roanoke hosted the ceremony outside of the Main Library on Jefferson Street for 25 newly naturalized citizens and their families.
The event was organized in cooperation with Welcoming America, the Roanoke Arts Commission, Old Navy, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Blue Ridge Literacy and Local Colors.
“Becoming an American citizen is a very important life goal for many of our learners. It somehow resembles the end of one part of their long immigration journey but also opens the door to a whole new chapter of their lives. They become part of their community that they have been living in and contributing in, they can vote,” said Ahoo Salem, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Literacy.