USCIS Officers Replace New Citizen’s Burned U.S. Flag
On Aug. 9, officers from the USCIS New York City Field Office presented naturalizing citizen John Doherty with a new flag to replace one burned by an arsonist.
Doherty, who owns a pub in Midtown Manhattan, proudly displayed a U.S. flag outside his business on the Fourth of July, a few days after his naturalization application was approved by USCIS New York. Sadly, an arsonist burned this patriotic soon-to-be citizen’s flag late in the evening on July Fourth.
After reading about the story in the local papers, staff from the NYC Field Office collected money to present to Doherty with a replacement flag at his oath ceremony. Doherty was joined by his wife and their one-year old twins, and a family friend who was able to attend the ceremony before deploying to Iraq the following day as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.