My parents came to America because of the war. They had to plan and slip away quietly. In those days, you weren’t allowed to leave Vietnam. If the government found out, they would put you in jail so they had to do it in secret. They left everything. One night they quietly went down to the river to a boat. The boat took them to another island and then from there they came to America. They wanted a better future for themselves and for me and my brother. Education was important to them. My father became a citizen and I became a citizen about two years ago.
The day I became a citizen I was very excited. I wasn’t nervous because I know American history. Some people were nervous but not me. I had a lot of knowledge and I studied. When I was sworn in they played a song, The Star-Spangled Banner. It made me cry because I was happy and proud.
I think our troops are like heroes. They protect us and they keep us safe. They work very hard but very quietly. We thank them for helping us, for everything they do for us.
Who will protect America if we don’t have them?