Washington: US president Barack Obama on Independence Day saluted a group of US military members who turned naturalized American citizens at White House on Wednesday. He said that naturalization ceremony was the best way to celebrate nation's birthday.
He said, "A few dozen delegates in that hall in Philadelphia, daring to defy the mightiest empire in the world, declaring that 'these united colonies are, and of right, ought to be, free and independent states.' 236 years later, we marvel at America's story."
He mentioned that US is the only nation welcoming so many foreign entries and changes itself with hopes of positive changes in future. "No other nation in the world welcomes so many new arrivals," said Obama. "No other nation constantly renews itself, refreshes itself with the hopes and the drive and the optimism and the dynamism of each new generation of immigrants."
He gladly received 25 US military members, who took an oath of allegiance from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The militants are from 17 different countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa and they serve in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Many other White House officials participated in similar ceremonies across the nation on Wednesday. Mr President once again called for inclusive reform of US immigration policy on the occasion.
He concluded saying, "Thank you, everybody. Have a great Fourth of July. Congratulations to our newest citizens. Yay".