One hundred people become U.S. citizens in a Fourth of July ceremony at Mount Vernon.
Saturday at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Alexandria, 100 people representing 45 countries became U.S. citizens. Above left, members of the group recite the Oath of Allegiance. Seconds later, Naura Ayeche, above right, celebrated her accomplishment. Ayeche is originally from Tunisia. CIA Director John Brennan spoke at the ceremony, recounting his father’s achievement of becoming a citizen 50 years after emigrating from Ireland. Among those witnessing Saturday’s event was 11yearold Kade Gannon, at top, of Westminster, Colo., who watched from Mount Vernon’s lawn. Kade, a Revolutionary War buff, wore a period uniform. He had specifically asked his father, Paul Gannon, whether they could time their visit with the ceremony.