13 children sworn in as citizens at Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House
Photo credit Pat Loeb/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In one of the more adorable Fourth of July traditions in Philadelphia, 13 children were sworn in as citizens at the Betsy Ross House. 

This was the 15th annual children's swearing in, an event that includes a colonially-garbed honor guard, welcomes from various civic and youth groups, speeches by politicians and the symbolic ringing of a bell 13 times - each child rings it once - commemorating the 13 original colonies.

Five of this year's 13 new young citizens were members of the Bade family. Their father, Fode, was a political refugee from Guinea. He received asylum here in 2005 and was thrilled to see his children become citizens.

"When I came here, they give me everything that I need and give me all opportunity. I'm so grateful to this country. I hope the best for this country, for all American people, and may God Bless America and make America the top for the world forever," he said.