Naturalization Ceremony at Gunston Hall on Saturday
51 immigrants will be sworn in as U.S. citizens at the Lorton home of George Mason.
Gunston Hall, the stately home of founding father George Mason (author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights), will host a naturalization ceremony on Sat., Sept. 14. There will be 51 candidates for U.S. citizenship from 26 different countries who will be sworn in at the event.
"The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services chose Gunston Hall because George Mason refused to sign the Constitution, because it did not include a passage about individual rights," said Susan Blankenship, Gunston Hall's spokesperson, to Patch. "So, what better place to recognize individual rights better than at the home of George Mason?"
The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and the schedule is as follows:
- The colors will be raised by the U.S. Air Force Color Guard
- Ford Bell, the president of the American Alliance of Museums will speak
- Wiley Raab, First Regent of Gunston Hall, will speak
- The keynote speaker is David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction at the White House
- Cupcakes will be provided at the event by Alexandria Cupcake