New Americans Sworn In for Lady Liberty's Birthday

The naturalization ceremony on Liberty Island kicked off a daylong celebration of the dedication of the statute in 1886

By Karen Matthews
|  Friday, Oct 28, 2011  |  Updated 12:58 PM EDT
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One of the immigrants who swore in holds up her immigration papers.

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A total of 125 immigrants from 46 countries have been sworn in as United States citizens at a ceremony marking the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

 

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told the new Americans on Friday that diversity strengthens the nation.

 

The naturalization ceremony on Liberty Island kicked off a daylong celebration of the dedication of the statute in 1886.

 

Lady Liberty is getting a high-tech uplift for her birthday. Internet-connected cameras on her torch that will let viewers gaze out at New York Harbor or see visitors on the grounds below.

 

The "lighting" of the so-called torch cams is among the day's many events. They also include a water flotilla and a 12-minute fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music.

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