SVITLANA SELF BECAME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN OCTOBER 23
I want to share two pictures that were made at the ceremony. The first one is of Svitlana, posing with Judge Collier, after he presented her the certificate of citizenship. Mrs. Williams is seen in the background to the left. She is an officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mrs. Williams interviewed Svitlana in Memphis, Tennessee on August 14 and was pretty much the one who helped finalize her paperwork for citizenship. (She told us then that her citizenship was granted.) We were pleased to see her in Chattanooga. It made it all the more special for Svitlana. The second picture is of all our little family with Judge Collier. And I do mean all of us. Lydia would not go to the courthouse without her pink teddy. (Notice the red socks “Teddy” is wearing.) Judge Collier noticed Lydia, “Teddy” and I on the front row. He asked to have a picture made with Lydia and her momma. Pretty much everyone in the courtroom went “oooh and aahh” when the picture was made. It was funny. In the background of the picture of all the family with Judge Collier is Cyndee Palmer. She administered the oath.
It was a wonderful ceremony. I wish everyone could experience a naturalization ceremony at least once. It really makes you proud to be an American. I will never forget that experience.