Naturalization Ceremony Taken To New Heights

The U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services will hold a first-of-its-kind naturalization ceremony at the summit of Mount Washington. Twenty people will be sworn in as U.S. citizens in a ceremony that is already hailed as one of the most beautiful and meaningful in the United States.

The candidates who will take part in the ceremony came to the United States from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, the Dominican Republic, India, Jordan, Mali, the Netherlands, Phillipines, South Africa and the United Kingdom, according to The Associated Press.

“Each naturalization ceremony is a time to represent recommitment to the principles of citizenship,” U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes Jr. of the Middle Tennessee District told The Tennessean. “And that’s a statement that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially by American citizens.”

The 20 people being sworn in at the Mount Washington ceremony will ride the Cog Railway in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, to the highest mountain in the Northeast.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place outdoors on September 6, 2012, and if the weather does not cooperate, will be held in the mountain’s observatory.

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