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December 11, 2013

The National Archives Celebrates Bill of Rights Day with Naturalization Ceremony on December 13, 2013

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Washington, DC…On Friday, December 13, at 10 a.m., the National Archives continues its popular tradition of holding a naturalization ceremony for petitioners seeking United States citizenship. To honor the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights, 35 petitioners will be sworn in as new citizens in front of the original "Charters of Freedom" (The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights) in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. This year’s ceremony will feature a keynote address from Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. This program is presented in partnership with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Honorable U.S. District Court Chief Richard W. Robert, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, will preside as 35 petitioners for United States citizenship take the oath of citizenship at the National Archives. The new citizens are from 25 nations: Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Togo, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

The Press Is Invited to Cover the Ceremony. The press should use the Constitution Avenue special events entrance, at 7th Street, NW, and set up by 9:45 a.m., as the ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m.

The Use of Flash and Additional Lights is Prohibited in the Rotunda.

Please note: due to the ceremony, the Rotunda and the National Archives Museum will open to the public at 11:30 a.m. and remain open until 5:30 p.m. Regular hours of 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. resume on December 14.

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