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'We appreciate what we have here'

Colombia native celebrating status as American citizen

Willy Rivera, originally from Colombia, celebrated his new status as a U.S. citizen with his mom, Margarita Gil last Thursday at his ESL class. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
March 26, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — As the national anthem was sung at a naturalization ceremony at the Memorial Auditorium in Lowell last week, Margarita Gil said she got the chills.

That's because among the 3,000 immigrants proudly singing along to the song on stage, having just been sworn in as American citizens, was her son, William "Willy" Rivera.

"It was just so, so emotional," she said, barely choking back tears. "I am so excited and so proud."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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