June 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

New citizens swear allegiance to USA in Sterling Heights

Sisters JoAna Smakha, 5 and Jessica Smakha, 9, right, look over the official paperwork after their mother Lindita Smakha, formerly a citizen of Romania, is sworn in as an American citizen during a naturalization ceremony at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights on Friday. (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)

Sterling Heights The United States has 44 new citizens after they were sworn in Friday at the Freedom Hill Banquet and Event Center. The new citizens came from 18 countries.

The event was part of the July Fourth holiday Stars and Stripes Festival. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh presided over the naturalization ceremony.

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Kevin Grammes with his daughter Karina Maria Grammes, 4, wait for his wife ... (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)