TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A naturalization ceremony is taking place tonight to welcome more than a dozen new U.S. citizens.
It's part of the annual Independence Day celebration that's getting underway right now at Tom Brown Park.
United State District Judge Mark E. Walker will administer the oath of allegiance to 14 citizenship candidates during the ceremony that starts around 6:30.
WTXL spoke with two of the candidates to find out how they feel about this final stage of the process.
"I'm so happy that I get my citizenship today and my family support me and God help me get it," said Justine Assouman. "Thankful to God for this process to got through successfully. Thank God I just Thank God."
Justine Assouman is from West Africa and says she and her family are very excited.
Salome Moyer is another citizenship candidate from Peru.
"I am really excited to be able to be a part of this country," said Moyer. "I have been living here for 15 years and this is my new home, this is where I start my family were my three kids were born and just feel great."