Pat Gunter (right) became a U.S. citizen in October after almost a 10-year process. She is pictured on the day of her citizenship ceremony, which was held in South Bend, as the presiding judge presents her with a certificate. Photo contributed
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Veterans Day will have a greater significance for Pat Gunter and her family.
Gunter works at Smith & Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City and lives in Fort Wayne with her husband John.
Together with their daughter Kayleigh, the family earned their U.S. citizenship recently.
â€śIt took years to get here,â€ť Gunter said. â€śWe wanted to complete the process before our daughterâ€™s wedding. We started working on our citizenship as a family and we wanted to finish it that way as well.â€ť
With just two weeks before the wedding, the Gunter family traveled to South Bend, stood before the judge and were sworn as citizens.
â€śItâ€™s a moving ceremony,â€ť Gunter said. â€śThere is a pride that comes over you when you are standing there holding your flag and saying the oath. It is somewhat emotional.â€ť
Gunter is originally from Wales and her husband is from England. The couple moved to Detriot in 1997 because of job opportunities.
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