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Independence Day brings citizenship for Albany lady

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - This July 4th will have an all new meaning for one Albany woman.

Though she's lived in the United States for nearly three decades, this Saturday will be her first as a United States Citizen.

Caroline Everitt has lived in the United States for 28 years, but she's only been a proud citizen for three days now. "It's something I've wanted for so many years. It never meant so much to me as it did on that day."

The day she took the oath to pledge her allegiance to the United States. "I've earned this privilege and will certainly stand behind my oath."

She moved to America from Britain when she was only 14. She studied in schools in America, married and had children here, but could never really feel confident in being here. "It is a fear of having to leave because this is home for me."

And this July 4th will take on an all new meaning for her. "It will be the first time that I will listen to the Star Spangled Banner and proudly sing it. Knowing that now it really does describe my country."

And she'll look forward to another first soon, casting her first ballot and getting to enjoy the responsibility that comes along with her citizenship through voting.

Before becoming a citizen earlier this week, Everitt had dual citizenship in Germany and Britain. She renounced her citizenship to those countries in order to become a U. S. citizen.

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