In New Bern, there was a naturalization ceremony Friday at Tryon Palace.
Twenty-three people became U.S. citizens.
The ceremony included the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, and the applicants learning their rights as U.S. citizens.
People came from countries like Bulgaria, Haiti, Vietnam and Mexico.
One woman from Japan tells 9 On Your Side that she married an American Marine several decades ago when he was deployed overseas.
She is now getting citizenship herself after being in the U.S. for 44 years.
“I am so lucky to become an American citizen,” Michi Smith said.
The event was held at the Cullman Performance Hall.