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Naturalization Ceremony Highlight of Monticello Fourth
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76 new United States citizens on the West Lawn of Monticello
On the Fourth of July, Chief Judge Glen E. Conrad of the Western District of Virginia administered the oath of allegiance to 76 new United States citizens on the West Lawn of Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence.The new citizens represented 44 countries. The naturalization ceremony was part of the annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration. A district judge from the Western District of Virginia has sworn in new citizens at Monticello on July Fourth for 49 years. Chief Judge Conrad's participation marks his second year presiding.
"The only birthday I ever commemorate is that of our Independence, the Fourth of July."