- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - More than 200 new citizens are being sworn in a special ceremony in Lawrence as part of an annual weeklong celebration of U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency says the 264 candidates come from 63 countries.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell will swear them in at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Lawrence Common.

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera will address the group. A Lawrence High School junior ROTC color guard and the Lawrence High School Girls Ensemble will take part.

Another 150 new citizens are being sworn in Thursday at Malden High School by Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey. Malden Mayor Gary Christenson will speak and Malden Police will provide the color guard.

The USCIS says more than 36,000 people are becoming citizens around the country in the week ending Thursday.

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