CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Levine Museum of the New South hosted a Naturalization Ceremony Friday morning for 25 Charlotte residents.
Ten years ago, Oana and Marius Ailenei came to the United States from Romania. The couple said reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem at the ceremony were some of the happiest moments of their lives.
"I almost cried. I don't get emotional, but today is a really special day," explained Marius Ailenei.
Still, the Aileneis, like many others in the United States, couldn't help but think about the bombings in Boston and the manhunt for the suspect. They knew that some people, especially online, were making comments about naturalized citizens and immigrants, due to the suspect being born in Krygzstan.
They hoped people would not stereotype new citizens, like them, who have accents.
"We are Americans. If someone wants to look at us differently, it's on them." said Marius Ailenei," but it is wrong for anyone to do this to innocent people. It does not matter if they are from America or not from America, it is wrong."
Oana Ailenei said the bombings weighed heavy on her heart.
"This should not happen to the United States. This should not happen anywhere, for innocent people to be killed. People should not be afraid. It is wrong," said Ailenei,"I know God will take care of America though."