Immigrants Take Oath to Become U.S. Citizens — PICTURES

July 2, 2012, 1:09 p.m.

Come In­de­pend­ence Day, thou­sands of im­mig­rants will of­fi­cially be­come Amer­ic­an cit­izens. Last year, 24,000 be­came nat­ur­al­ized in ce­re­mon­ies from June 24 through Ju­ly 4, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cit­izen­ship and Im­mig­ra­tion Ser­vices. Aside from cit­ies from sea to shin­ing sea, cit­izen­ship will be be­stowed upon mem­bers of the mil­it­ary serving in Teguci­galpa, Hon­dur­as, and Ka­bul, Afgh­anistan. In years past, hun­dreds of im­mig­rants have proudly taken the oath to pledge al­le­gi­ance to the flag, as this gal­lery shows.