Immigrants take oath on Statue of Liberty's 125th anniversary

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by Sarah See

New Americans waved small flags Friday after taking the oath of the U.S. citizenship at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, according to the Associated Press.

There were 125 immigrants from 46 countries who pledged to renounce foreign power and posed for photos with their citizenship certificates on the statue's 125th anniversary, according to the Associated Press.

The anniversary celebrations were marked by a series of official speeches and webcams that streamed video footage from the torch, according to CNN.

With a 3-2-1 countdown, the webcams streamed panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River and Liberty Island, according to the Associated Press.

The Statue of Liberty, given as a gift from France to the U.S., symbolizes the friendship between the two countries and their shared love of liberty, according to the Associated Press.

President Glover Cleveland dedicated the statue on Oct. 28, 1886, and it also came to symbolize hope and promise for many in America's post-Civil War period, according to the news reports.

The idea for the monument, which is more than 305 feet tall, is thought to have been conceived at a 19th-century dinner party of French aristocrats who wanted to pay tribute to American liberty, historians said.

More than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954, according to the U.S. National Park Service.

Although Liberty Island will remain open, the statue's interior is being closed for renovations for about a year starting Saturday, according to the National Park Service.

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