It was a red, white and blue day Sept. 5 in Judge Edward F. Shea's Federal Courtroom in Richland as 23 people from eight countries took their oath of allegiance and became American citizens. Judge Shea administered the oaths, U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings challenged the new citizens to be involved in their new country, and the Richland High Chamber Choir led the audience in the national anthem. To add to the festivities of the day, I and other members the Columbia River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a reception after the ceremony to welcome the Mid-Columbia's newest citizens.
Representatives from the League of Women Voters and from the Benton and Franklin auditors offices assisted with voter information and registered new voters.
DAR would like to thank Old Country Buffet at Columbia Center for the delicious brownies and rice crispies treats and to the Pasco Walmart for the great cookies and punch for the reception.
It was truly a special day as evidenced by the many smiles and the photo opportunities.
Thanks, Judge Shea and all who made this day possible.
ROBIN MORRIS, Richland