Dozens of new Americans take oath on this Flag Day

June 14, 2011 2:30:14 PM PDT
Tuesday marked the end of a very long journey, and the beginning of a new chapter, for dozens of people who are now citizens of the United States.

A total of 79 people from 38 countries took the Oath of Allegiance in Center City on this Flag Day.

It's the final step to becoming a U.S. citizen.

"They watch for their citizens in times of trouble and times of happiness," said Madusu Dulaes, who is originally from Liberia. "They are always there for your citizens."

This naturalization ceremony was presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Among the guest speakers was the president of the Bucks County Bar Association, Tom Donnelly.

"It is obviously the greatest country in the world. A lot of these people have left a lot behind to become a part of what we recognize as the American dream," Donnelly said.

Some new citizens explain it was that American dream that prompted them to establish their lives in this country.

"It was the opportunity. They usually look at America as a place you can achieve go to your dreams," said Kenney Oloya, who is originally from Uganda. "I didn't come for anything more."

Many of the folks there said this day is a long time coming, with many saying they are going out to dinner tonight to mark the occasion.

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