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June 12, 2012

Citizen Candidates to Become Americans during Colonial Williamsburg’s Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony

Approximately 100 new American citizens will take the oath of citizenship during Colonial Williamsburg’s Naturalization Ceremony at 4 p.m. Flag Day, Thursday, June 14 in an outdoor ceremony on the grounds of the Colonial Capitol in the Revolutionary City.

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the featured speaker. He was sworn into office on Jan. 16, 2010. Prior to serving as attorney general, he served in the Senate of Virginia from 2002 to 2010.

Cuccinelli earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law and Economics.

The Honorable Judge Douglas E. Miller of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia presides over the ceremony and administers the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens. Assistant U.S. attorney Mark A. Exley completes the Certification of the Candidates, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issues the naturalization certificates to the new citizens at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Colin Campbell welcomes the citizen candidates.

During the ceremony, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform. Colonial Williamsburg’s Jane Hanson leads attendees in the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.” Colonial Williamsburg interpreters conclude the ceremony with an 18th-century cannon salute.

These new citizens, their families and guests are invited to blog online about their new citizenship at 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.

The League of Women Voters will be present to register the new citizens to vote.

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.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121