NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - More than two dozen immigrants became the first to become naturalized American citizens at One World Observatory inside One World Trade Center Tuesday morning.
The 30 new U.S. citizens pledged their allegiance to a flag they now call their own. Greece, China, Mexico, Canada, and 15 other countries were represented.
Originally from Russia, Valentina Zelyaeva said she was very emotional and almost cried.
Venci Petkova is from Bulgaria and said she now feels on top of the world. She said the speeches at the ceremony deeply moved her.
Cesar Surieo said he and his family came from the Dominican Republic. He said they don't have money but they have love.
The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He said that "anything is possible in America" and he knows this well because he and his family became U.S. citizens 40 years ago.
The immigrants were sworn in and then one by one the new Americans received their certificate of naturalization as official citizens of the United States of America.
One World Observatory invited U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to hold this naturalization ceremony here. The group was chosen because of the diversity of countries represented – and also because it was their turn.
More ceremonies could be held at One World Observatory inside in the future.