Six local residents are new U.S. citizens
by Mina Hochberg
Six local residents recently received something that most Americans take for granted: their citizenship.
Patricia Ann Petrick from England, Monika A. Ries from Germany, Mulyanih Acker from Indonesia, and Eileen, Elizabeth, and Martin Redman from England can finally leave their "green cards" at home.
The Celebration of American Citizenship and Naturalization acknowledged 120 Eastside residents from 30 different countries who have become United States citizens.
The event was emceed by KVI's Kirby Wilbur and featured speakers Dick Smith from the Immigration & Naturalization Service and Seattle Times editorial columnist Michelle Malkin.
"For many, it was very emotional," Martin Redman said about the ceremony. Many were in tears. "There is something about the patriotism here that is admirable. This country has such a lot going for it."
The Redmans moved to Washington in 1978. Though Redman operates his own landscaping business, is a chaplain with the King County Sheriff's Department and local fire district, and a lay preacher at the Methodist Church in Duvall, he has lived for 16 years as a permanent resident.
Citizenship is a confirmation of investment into this country, Redman said. "This is a nice feeling, a confirmation that you are really home."
The ceremony was coordinated by the Immigration & Naturalization Service and New Americans of Washington. Another ceremony will be held in September.