Monday, October 31, 2011

Statue of Liberty turns 125 as immigrants declare oath of American citizenship in honor of monument

These new citizens will certainly never forget this day, what a story for their grandchildren! - - Donna Poisl

BY Emily Sher And Jose Martinez, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The Statue of Liberty celebrated her 125th birthday Friday by serving as an inspiring backdrop for immigrants declaring the oath of American citizenship.

The new Americans came from 46 countries in all, with one person swearing the oath for each of the years Lady Liberty has stood as a beacon of freedom in New York harbor.

"Now I can say I'm American!" gushed an ecstatic Anatoliy Gryshchenko, 21, who came to the U.S. from the Ukraine in 2005. "I'm actually a part of this country like everyone else."

The new citizens came from countries like Russia, Cuba, China and the Dominican Republic.
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