Land I love: Why you're proud to be Americans

Nov. 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM ET

More than a few people tweeted they were moved to tears this morning when 30 citizen candidates took the Oath of Allegiance and became American citizens in a naturalization ceremony on the TODAY plaza.

In light of their pledged commitment to the United States, we asked TODAY viewers why they’re proud to be #AmericanTODAY. Turns out there are a lot of reasons why. Share yours, and be sure to include the hashtag! 


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Video: 30 new citizens take oath to become Americans

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Every year 650,000 immigrants become new United States citizens and are naturalized in ceremonies across the country. Take a look at how people from decades passed arrived in America and celebrated their new-found citizenship in these vintage photographs.