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New citizens take oath in Southport

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) -- July 4. What a day to become a US citizen. In Southport yesterday, 125 people celebrated America's birthday by doing just that. It was the largest group of new citizens ever participate in the Southport ceremony.

"I've lived here for 10 years," new citizen Nissa Labhart said. "I have a wonderful husband, a wonderful family and it was just time."

Labhart moved to the United States from Perth, Australia, in September 2002 after meeting her husband, who is a Marine. She began the process of becoming an American citizen 10 years ago.

"This year I decided I was going to take the plunge and become an American Citizen and reap the benefits of being able to vote," she said.

She completed that process Sunday along side 124 other people. The new citizens represent 52 countries around the world. This was the 14th annual 4th of July naturalization ceremony. Superior court judge Ola Lewis was the keynote speaker, and Jeffrey Sapko from the Department of Homeland Security administered the Oath of United States Citizenship to the candidates.

According to Fran Carlsen, co-chair of the event, this was the first year all those who registered made it out the ceremony.

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I'm proud to be American!

Thank you very much WWAY3 and Ms Courtney Brooks for sharing our naturalization ceremony picture. I'm proud to be American!
can I have a copy of this article? I'm the guy wearing blue shirt.
Thanks again.

Congragulations!

I am humbled by your pride and enthusiasm! I am sure you will be a great American!

New Citizens

To the new US Citizens. Congrads to all 125 of you. You have shown that you really want to be a part of this great country. You have given of your personal time to go threw the process of citizenship and I respect everyone of you for what you have done. Now if we can just get more to do "The right thing" and do what these people have done. To those of you who are in this country and are not citizens look up to these 125 people who now are legal citizens and "Do the right thing like they did" and become a Legal Citizen.
TEW

I agree

Congratulations to our new citizens. Thank you for abiding by the laws of this country. We need more people like you.