The Washington Post Sunday

One hundred people become U.S. citizens in a Fourth of July ceremony at Mount Vernon.

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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.

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PHOTOS BY MICHAEL S. WILLIAMSON/THE WASHINGTON POST

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