From the Times Ledger:
Some 27 children from throughout Queens were sworn in during a ceremony at the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst last Thursday - just in time for Flag Day on June 13. And the country’s newest citizens showed their pride by proudly waving a bevy of Old Glories while a chorus from nearby PS 206 sang Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American.”
The children earned their citizenship through their parents, all of whom recently underwent the naturalization process.
Among them was Michal Ukowski, 9, of Glendale, whose parents, Halina and Marisuz, came to Queens from Poland six years ago.
Once he had accepted his certificate of citizenship, Mikal said he felt different. When pressed to explain how, he said, “I’m a citizen.”
Other children also appreciated the momentousness of the day.
“It’s a big achievement,” said Tyrese Johnson, 8, of Richmond Hill, whose family came from Trinidad and Tobago when he was only a few months old.
“I’m a citizen and I’m not an immigrant,” said Flushing resident Nicolas Stewart, 11, who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica with his family at age 3 and wants to join the Army to become an engineer.