21 new citizens proud to call selves Americans

first_imgAnastasiya Volkov’s parents brought her to this country from Russia in 1994, when she was about 2.The Vancouver woman became a U.S. citizen Wednesday during the sixth annual naturalization ceremony at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Volkov was accompanied by her daughter, Sophia Searcy, who is almost 2.The age similarity is what Volkov focused on after the ceremony as she reflected on her new status as an American citizen.“I won’t have to worry about the things my parents worried about when I was her age,” Volkov said as Sophia licked the frosting off a cupcake. “Now I can have a positive life for my child.”The 2011 graduate of Evergreen High School was among 21 people from 11 nations who took the oath of allegiance in the historic hangar at Pearson Air Museum.The National Park Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were partners in the event.It was one of 13 naturalization ceremonies around the U.S. this summer with a “Westward Ho!” theme, celebrating the westward expansion that brought so many new arrivals to this part of the country in the 1800s.“Like you, they left their homes for the promise of new lands,” Quinn Andrus, an official with Citizenship and Immigration Services, said as she welcomed the group. “They came to seek their fortunes, to live better lives, and just start over.”last_img

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