While the 17th of September is commemorated in American history as the day our constitution was signed, for 30 men and women who stood in the district court this morning it will mean more - today was the day they were granted U.S. citizenship.
President Barack Obama has declared September 17 through the 23rd constitution week, in honor of the document that represents more than just the law of the land.
Becoming a U.S. citizen isn't easy. To become naturalized one must demonstrate good moral character and a knowledge of American history in addition to the residency requirements. For Haidee Quarles, it also meant making sacrifices.
"It's a long road to get here, you know the sacrifices, leaving my family back in mexico. I'm living in japan right now with my husband, he's military so that's why i get like that it means so much to me to become an american".
For Mathew Joseph and his wife Suma, today also marks a milestone in their marriage... District court of Guam chief judge Franeis Tydingco-Gatewood said that they were the first married couple that she'd seen get their U.S. citizenship together. Mr Joseph was lighthearted after the ceremony, looking forward to all the benefits that citizenship will now provide him and his family.
"It's for the freedom and liberty and all the travel conveniences".
by Janjeera Hail