It'll be an extra patriotic weekend for the island's newest United States citizens. In a special Independence Day naturalization ceremony held this morning at the District Court of Guam, 24 men and women took the oath of allegiance.

36th Wing Commander Brigadier General Andrew Toth said, "To be an American is not circumstantial. It is not dependent on the blood that flows through your veins but rather the belief that any person regardless of their heritage or social status has the chance to write the next great chapter in American history."

Today's naturalized citizens represent six different countries, including the Federated States of Micronesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.