They swore allegiance to the flag.
Dozens of overjoyed immigrants were granted US citizenship during a naturalization ceremony ahead of Independence Day at the New York Public Library on Friday, where they triumphantly waved flags and took the oath of allegiance.
A total of 40 immigrants from 22 countries — including Ukraine, China and the Philippines — beamed, clapped and snapped celebratory selfies after receiving naturalization certificates ahead of America’s 246th birthday.
New citizen Maiza Moone, a mother of three from the Philippines, grinned as her young son Alexander gleefully captured Old Glory on the roof of the library in Manhattan.
“Today is really a celebration – not just the beginning of our country, its ideals and its history. But also its future as we welcome this next generation of American immigrants,” said Scott Velez, deputy district director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
At the ceremony, Marine Sheanni Erin Velayo Chua, who hails from the Philippines, proudly held up her certificate of citizenship while Ukrainian-born Andril Melnyk, a soldier in the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, solemnly took his oath.
Other military personnel who were granted citizenship came from countries such as Ghana, Japan, Colombia, Sweden and Mali.
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