Homestead Nat'l Monument welcomes new citizens on Flag Day - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Homestead Nat'l Monument welcomes new citizens on Flag Day

Posted: Updated:

Posted By: Bayley Bischof Channel 8 Eyewitness News

On a day meant to honor the American flag, 34 new citizens adopted it as their own.

A naturalization ceremony took place at Homestead National Monument on Wednesday,

Michael and Freda Gregg came to the U.S. from Ireland in 1983 for work, so this ceremony has been a long time coming.

"Long time! We finally decided to become citizens,” Michael said.

They're just now citizens after 34 years, but they call Lincoln home.

"We love Lincoln. Everybody's so friendly. We really feel at home here,”
 Freda said.

And for this refugee couple from the Congo, American citizenship a second chance.

"I want this for long time, I'm proud to be American so I am sooo very very happy,” Carrana Kapinga said.

She got her citizenship today, while her husband, Olivier Musungay, will receive his by next year.

Musungay said he is grateful for the opportunities in the U.S. that he didn’t have in Africa.

"Now I can do and say in English,” Musungay said. “I go to college, I know I'm gonna graduate soon and I'm gonna get a good job.”

But Wednesday’s ceremony was about more than just the 34 immigrants.

It happened on Flag Day, a day to commemorate the adoption of our stars and stripes on June 14, 1777.

Magistrate judge Cheryl Zwart reminded the audience how much this day means.

"It's a symbol of our unity, our power, our thoughts and our national purpose,” Zwart said.

Naturalization ceremonies only happen at Homestead National Monument twice each year– Flag Day and Constitution Day.

They love to honor their history with these ceremonies, Susan Cook said.

"Having a naturalization ceremony is a natural fit for what Homestead National Monument is all about,” Cook said. “We're here because of the Homestead Act of 1862 which allowed people from all countries around the world to be able to move here and own 160 acres of land."

For these citizens, the ceremony marked a new beginning, while offering them a look into their new country's past.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Train vs. car collision sends one to the hospital Tuesday night

    Train vs. car collision sends one to the hospital Tuesday night

    Train vs. car collision sends one to the hospital Tuesday night

    Tuesday night, a train traveling westbound near Ashland collided with a Jeep Wrangler.

    More >>

    Tuesday night, a train traveling westbound near Ashland collided with a Jeep Wrangler.

    More >>
  • Police: Lincoln home likely to be demolished after copper theft

    Police: Lincoln home likely to be demolished after copper theft

    Posted By: Bayley Bischof Channel 8 Eyewitness News  A Lincoln home is likely to be demolished after police said it was targeted by copper thieves.  The home, near 6th and F street was recently bought by the company TMCO. Police said when a manager for that company checked the property on Monday, he found extensive damage.  The victim said there were several holes in the walls and floors of every room in the home and the entire house was covered in insulation.  ...More >>
    Posted By: Bayley Bischof Channel 8 Eyewitness News  A Lincoln home is likely to be demolished after police said it was targeted by copper thieves.  The home, near 6th and F street was recently bought by the company TMCO. Police said when a manager for that company checked the property on Monday, he found extensive damage.  The victim said there were several holes in the walls and floors of every room in the home and the entire house was covered in insulation.  ...More >>
  • UPDATE: Police investigating at robbery at a southeast Lincoln Hy-Vee

    UPDATE: Police investigating at robbery at a southeast Lincoln Hy-Vee

    It happened just before 1:00 p.m. near 71st and Pioneers Boulevard.  

    More >>

    It happened just before 1:00 p.m. near 71st and Pioneers Boulevard.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.