Naturalization Ceremony Brings Surprise For New Citizen

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A special backdrop and special surprise greeted a group of the country's newest citizens.

56 people from several different countries took their oaths Friday during a naturalization ceremony. The events are usually held at Topeka's Carlson Federal Building, but Friday, it was at the Brown versus Board National Historic Site.

Organizer and speaker Pedro Irigonegaray told the new citizens the location detailed what he considers the most important U.S. Supreme Court decision in the nation's history.

The day was extra special for Adelina Roberts. Organizers surprised her by setting up a web link so her husband, Sgt. Thomas Roberts who's deployed to Afghanistan with the Army, could watch as she took her oath. She said she had no idea until Judge Julie Robinson announced he was joining them via the link, so she became even more emotional. She says it made her feel like he was there with her.

Students from Williams Magnet School provided music for the event.


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