52 become US citizens amid Fort Myers air show
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's a day a group of Lee County residents will remember forever.
Fifty-two people representing 20 countries become citizens of the United States.
"It means everything to me," said Christal Chery, of Cape Coral, who came here from Haiti 13 years ago.
Chery's certificate means new opportunities for employment.
"I can do it in Haiti but over here in America, it's better," explained Chery.
The ceremony took place amid the American Heroes Air Show at Jet Blue Park. Eighteen search and rescue air crafts symboled a community coming together.
"We feel it tells a compelling story about America," said Jim Paules, the volunteer executive producer of the air show.
A story the Wings, from Brazi, know all too well.
"This card gives me opportunity," said Vanice Wing, while holding her certificate. "I don't have [this chance] in my country. I feel so responsible now."
Wing became the first in her's to become a citizen, second to her husband, Andre. She received flowers from her sister to capture the moment.
"This day is so important," said Wing. "I feel so proud [to be an] American citizen."
Andre Wing, added, "She did a good job. She worked real hard for it for a long time and she succeeded."
The air show hosts six ceremonies likes this a year. And the next one will be in Austin, Texas on April 20.