13 children become Americans on the fourth

July 4, 2008 2:23:39 PM PDT
Thirteen children... From thirteen different countries recited the pledge of allegiance for the first time as Americans this afternoon. In a ceremony at the Betsy Ross house, the children received their citizenship certificates. Then, they rang a replica of the Liberty Bell in honor of the birthday of their new country.

Many of the 13, like 6-year-old Dominic Feightner, were adopted as babies.

He doesn't remember Vietnam, but is happy to talk about playing baseball.

Some of the other children have other ideas of what's important about being an American. "You get to be free," young Connor McCarthy said. That thought was echoed by new citizen Alyssa Cohen.

Their parents proudly recorded the ceremony, and even if the youngest children didn't really understand its importance, the adults on hand definitely did.

Once the ceremony was over, the new Americans had some typical American plans for the rest of the day, hot dogs and fireworks!