|Gunston Hall, River Front Prospect|
We strive to uphold and live those bold and compelling ideas in the 21st century. We hold those principles of government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens as a civic religion. This past weekend we welcomed 51 new Americans to that continuing experiment. Gunston Hall in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services served as the setting for the swearing-in ceremony of these 51 citizens from 28 countries. All of us at Gunston were honored to participate in this critical process of minting new American citizens. Our 51 new citizens were jubilant and we, who facilitated this process, or came as speakers, friends, family members, witnesses were similarly jubilant. It was a pleasure that required no effort on our part but untold effort on the part of those 51 people who came to the
|Naturalization Candidates, Speakers and Witnesses |
just before the Oath of Allegiance was administered.