By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A special ceremony at the Betsy Ross house on Arch Street was life-changing for children from 10 different countries who became U.S. citizens, today.

Thirteen children sat, stiff and nervous, while grown-ups talked about how significant this was.

“Of the thousands of people who become citizens of this country each year, only 26 take the oath of citizenship here at the Betsy Ross house, where our country’s most cherished symbol, the American flag was born,” said Lisa Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House. “You might be too young to appreciate this now but I hope some day you realize how special that is.”

The kids didn’t know about that but they knew it was important to the people they cared about most.

Photo credit: KYW's Pate Loeb

Photo credit: KYW’s Pat Loeb

“My parents wanted me to come here, so….” said 11-year-old Gregor Rodriquez.

And the parents couldn’t be prouder.

“This is one of the most important things in this country so he can make this country his own,” noted Gregor’s father, Ruben.

“This is a great day for him and for us,” said another parent, of his son Yusef Omar who also took the oath.

“Oh, we’re so excited about it,” said Eileen Chua who is from the Philippines. “We really wanted to be American citizens so this is a big deal for us.”

Photo credit: KYW's Pat Loeb

Photo credit: KYW’s Pat Loeb