LEAVENWORTH, Kan.—Every year people flock to the United States to pursue the American dream. Some take it one step further and become U.S. citizens. On Friday in Leavenworth, 73 individuals from 37 countries realized that dream and took their Oath of Citizenship.
The Henry Leavenworth Elementary School choir helped welcome the soon to be naturalized citizens.
Most live in Kansas and traveled from all across the state to take their oath, including one man who is serving his new country at Ft. Riley.
Kenneth Amewu moved to the United States in March of 2009 and soon learned living the American dream isn't easy. Amewu always had an interest in the Army, but didn't get the opportunity to join back home in west Africa. He did here in the U.S. Some might have stopped there, but Amewu knew he needed more.
"I saw becoming a citizen was very critical to getting a civilian job," Amewu said.
It took 18 months from beginning to end, but he got some help along the way.
"He asked a lot of questions, we helped out as much as we can," friend Michael Campbell said.
Amewu isn't sure how long his military career will last, so he's already thinking about civilian life.
"I might become hospitality professional, that was my background, I did hotel management," he said.
No matter what he ends up doing, his friends say he will succeed.
"He's a good guy, hard worker, not about any nonsense going on," Campbell said. "Just does his job and is good at it."
Friday's ceremony was larger than normal. The U.S. District Court is holding a handful of special programs to commemorate Kansas' sesquicentennial.