JAMESTOWN – A Citizenship Ceremony for children of naturalized United States citizens will be held March 28 at Jamestown Settlement. The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
Forty-five people from 27 countries - the youngest age 11 - will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and receive formal acknowledgement of their citizenship. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public on a space-available basis.
“We are proud to join with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and USCIS to sponsor this truly special ceremony for a fourth year,” said Jane M. Stewart, regent for the local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, in a press release. The organization co-sponsors two naturalization ceremonies annually with Colonial Williamsburg.
The featured speaker is Williamsburg's Bill Barker, internationally known for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson. He first appeared as Jefferson in 1984 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and since 1993 has appeared as Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg.
Following the ceremony, participants and their families have an opportunity to tour Jamestown Settlement, which chronicles 17th-century Virginia and the convergence of American Indian, European and African cultures through gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in outdoor settings.