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02 July 2010

Carlton Anthony Williams: A Veteran's March to Citizenship

Carlton Anthony Williams immigrated to Florida in 2003 from Jamaica and soon after married a U.S. citizen and became a legal permanent resident. In 2008, he joined the Florida Army National Guard and immediately upon graduation from Basic Combat Training, he volunteered for deployment to Iraq. He is now serving in the Honor Guard doing military funerals at Florida National Cemetery and is preparing for a state-side deployment to Washington D.C. where he will protect the air space of the Nation's Capitol.

'Super hero' Carlton Anthony Williams volunteered to deploy to Iraq before he became a U.S. Citizen on July 1 at a special naturalization ceremony in the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center

"Super hero" Carlton Anthony Williams volunteered to deploy to Iraq before he became a U.S. Citizen on July 1 at a special naturalization ceremony in the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center.

When asked how it felt to serve in Iraq before becoming a U.S. citizen, he replied he was just doing his duty for the country he considers home. Ever since he returned home on June 1, his four year old son calls him "a super hero."

He is excited for the opportunities that will now be open to him as a U.S. citizen. He wants to pursue a career in law enforcement and become a Warrant Officer in the Army specializing in air defense. He says "it feels great" to become a U.S. citizen and when asked about the spirit of independence in this country, he replied "It is freedom of choice - a chance to have opportunities." He was naturalized at the July 1 ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida.

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At August 27, 2010 at 2:16:00 AM EDT , Anonymous James Allen said...

I have read the above post about the Carlton Anthony. Really it is nice one. Thanks for sharing this.

 
At October 28, 2010 at 12:08:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Boiler said...

The gathering was in protest to efforts by some politicians to deny citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants and to encourage lawmakers to support comprehensive immigration reform that would grant citizenship to people living in the nation illegally.

 
At May 15, 2011 at 2:15:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Daylilies said...

Congratulations to this super-hero dad, and many thanks to him for serving and protecting our country!

 

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