30 military members to become US citizens on battleship

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Thirty members of the military will become U.S. citizens during a ceremony on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.

The ceremony will be held Wednesday. Non-citizens who join the military can get a fast-track to getting their citizenship.

The ceremony is part of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Those days are commemorated each Sept. 17 in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

This year, USCIS will welcome more than 30,000 new citizens during more than 200 naturalization ceremonies from Wednesday through Sept. 23.

In 1952, President Truman signed a bill formalizing the celebration of Citizenship Day. In 2004, Congress established Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

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