We Are Lawrence

Oath of Allegiance; New citizens urged to carry out their duties as Americans

By Garrin Marchetti   gmarchetti@eagletribune.com 

LAWRENCE — They were born in dozens of countries — from Albania to Zimbabwe — but they all ended up in the United States seeking new lives in a new country. 

On Wednesday, those 264 immigrants officially became citizens of their new home following a naturalization ceremony on Campagnone Common. For roughly 30 minutes, the park became a federal courthouse as Judge Donald Cabell administered the Oath of Allegiance to the group of citizenship candidates. 

"The first seven words of the U.S. Constitution are 'We the people, of the United States,'" Cabell said before the crowd. "Today, those very words apply to you. You should be very proud."