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Fourth of July is start of citizenship for many new Americans

Brittney Bomnin / The Miami Herald via AP

Nicole Perez, 5, watches her cousin, Adriano Caceres, just after being sworn in as a U.S. citizen during the City of Homestead's Annual Grand 4th of July Celebration at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Monday afternoon, July 4, 2011 in Homestead, Fla. Caceres was one of seven military men sworn in as U.S. citizens by Joseph Hackbarth, Field Office Director, and Frank J. Repinski, Immigration Service Officer, of the Kendall Field Office.

Photographer Brittney Bomnin of The Miami Herald used light to give an ethereal quality to a special moment in this family's life.

Read more about other new U.S. citizens, and view images of Fourth of July celebrations around the country.