More than 200 citizens sworn in from 61 countries

LOUISVILLE — In an annual event to celebrate both Black History Month and Presidents' Day, more than 200 foreign-born residents have been sworn in as American citizens at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

The ceremony Friday included people from 61 countries. Ten were soldiers serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Courier-Journal reported that 202 people were made citizens during the ceremony arranged by the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Geoffrey Verderosa with the agency's Louisville field office said the largest groups were from Bosnia Herzegovina, India, Cuba, Mexico, Kosovo and Vietnam.

He said the Louisville field office usually grants citizenship to about 60 people a month, but swears in several hundred more citizens at three large oath-taking ceremonies each year.