A ceremony for members of the US Navy and their families took place today in Groton making 16 people new citizens of the United States.
More than a dozen military members became United States citizens on Friday in a special ceremony in Groton.
Terrance Bacchus, who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and Marco Brown, from South Africa, were two of the military members who participated in the ceremony at the Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum.
“I enjoyed my tour. I enjoyed what I did, and I enjoyed serving my country and that's why I'm here today to make it official,” Bacchus said.
The new citizens came from 14 countries: Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, and Trinidad and Tobago. Now, they call Groton, Gales Ferry, Ledyard and New London home.
“It's actually kind of a relief to be a part of it. to be like everybody else because it's a little hard to be different but it's nice to finally be like the other guys now,” Brown said.
Helen Mirini, of Peru, said the ceremony was important and one she will remember for her whole life.