July 4th + Naturalization Ceremony + Monticello + The President = Amazing

July 4, 2008 | NeW Staff

Today, I had the opportunity to go to Monticello (President Thomas Jefferson’s home) for the Naturalization Ceremony held there.  President Bush was the guest of honor and the fourth U.S. President to visit Monticello on July 4th.  I am so proud to be an American!  President Bush spoke and then 72 people from 30 nations became citizens.  President Bush shook hands with all of the new citizens.  Then, the new citizens were given an opportunity to tell the audience what it means to be a citizen.  It was simply beautiful.  Here are some pics.

Monticello, designed and lived in by Thomas Jefferson.  There was a crowd of over 3000 people there.

72 people from 30 nations became citizens.  Here, they are being sworn in.

This was one of my favorite parts of the ceremony.  Here, the woman in the blue shirt, went to the microphone and faced the crowd to tell everyone how thankful she was to become a citizen. 

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