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June 8, 2010

New American citizens sworn in during Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation welcomes 100 new American citizens during the Naturalization Ceremony 4 p.m. Monday, June 14 in an outdoor ceremony at the South Gate of the Capitol Building in the Historic Area. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department will co-sponsor the ceremony.

Taylor Reveley, president of the College of William and Mary, will be the featured speaker. Reveley became the 27th president of the college on Sept. 5, 2008, after serving as interim president since February 2008. Before assuming his current post, he was dean of the William and Mary School of Law for almost a decade, starting in August 1998. He is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence. Before joining William and Mary, Reveley practiced law for many years at Hunton and Williams in Richmond, Va., where he specialized in energy matters, especially those involving commercial nuclear power. He was the managing partner of the firm for nine years.

Federal Judge Mark S. Davis of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia will preside over the naturalization ceremony. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory D. Stefan will give the introduction and Certification of the Candidates.

John Bacon, Colonial Williamsburg’s senior vice president, external affairs, will welcome the citizen candidates.

Jackie Spangler, a direct descendant of John Rolfe and Pocahontas and president of the National Society of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, the Rev. James Blair Chapter, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance and American’s Creed.

During the ceremony, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums will perform. Colonial Williamsburg’s Jane Hanson will lead attendees in the “Star Spangled Banner.” She also will present a brief history of “America the Beautiful” and perform the song. Colonial Williamsburg interpreters will conclude the ceremony with an 18th-century cannon salute.

These new citizens, their families and guests are invited to post comments of the day’s ceremony and to blog online about their new citizenship at www.iCitizenForum.org. Created by Colonial Williamsburg, the site fosters online discussion about civic responsibility by engaging a diverse community which, guided by the values and principles of the inventors of democracy, participates in the exploration of citizenship issues. Such online debate encourages participants to consider their obligations to one another as members of a global body politic.

In case of rain, the program will be held at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square.

The public is invited to attend; no ticket or reservations are required.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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