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New US citizens Pledge Allegiance in front of 225-year-old Constitution

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215 petitioners, including El Salvador native Enrique Torres Manzano, center, raise their right hands and swear an oath to the United States and become new citizens during a ceremony at the National Archives on Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was held on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in the Rotunda of the archives which holds the "Charters of Freedom": The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

Two-hundred-fifteen petitioners became U.S. citizens Monday during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., according to Getty Images. The Rotunda holds the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution, which collectively make up the "Charters of Freedom."

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Maria Cruz, center, of El Salvador joins 214 other petitioners seeking U.S. citizenship in saying the Pledge of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony in the National Archives, in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17.

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U.S. Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks at a naturalization ceremony on Sept. 17 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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A native of Lebanon, Mirna Mumm uses a U.S. flag to hold her hair in place after becoming one of 215 new citizens during a ceremony at the National Archives on Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C.

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