RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) hosted a large-scale citizenship naturalization ceremony in celebration of Independence Day.
One hundred candidates for citizenship from nearly 50 countries took the Oath of Allegiance on the front terrace of the museum. The ceremony was officiated by the Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
“We want people to appreciate this experience, that these are new Virginians; they are new Americans,” says Jamie Basket, Pres. and CEO of VHS. “The principles in which we celebrate 241 years ago, this is still just as relevant.”
In addition to the ceremony, a new exhibition in the Susan David Goode Gallery, Washington: The Myths and the Man, opened at 9 a.m. The special exhibition features a series of oil paintings that highlight how George Washington was often glorified through patriotism in the decades following his presidency.
Guests are also encouraged to picnic on the VHS’s front lawn where concessions will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. John Marshall High School Alumni Band will entertain guests with an outdoor concert from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
All the Fourth of July events at VHS are free and open to the public from until 5 p.m.