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New Americans Celebrated 9/22/17  09/22/17 2:14:23 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Hon. Lyle E. Strom congratulates each new citizen, presenting them with their certificates. He is assisted by his daughter, Mary B. Hawkins, president of Bellevue University (above).

New Americans Celebrated
Retiring Federal Judge Lyle E. Strom participates in his favorite ceremony for one last time at Bellevue’s Memorial Ceremony on 9/11. Each year, he leads new Americans as they take the oath of citizenship. This year, 23 proud new Americans who hailed from countries the world over became citizens. The ceremony, held at Bellevue’s American Heroes Park, honored the men and women and their families who have courageously fought for our country as well as the lives lost on that tragic day in 2001 and the first responders – firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement – who protect us every day. Also honored were Wounded Warriors and their families, who struggle daily to live complete and fulfilling lives, despite their challenges.
In addition to the citizenship ceremony, there was a roll call of Fallen Heroes from Nebraska and Western Iowa. The ringing of the “Four Fives” honored first responders, while the 13 folds of the flag honored the patriotic spirit of Americans, young and old. The explanations of the meaning of these traditions not only instructed the new citizens, but many native-born citizens as well.
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