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Date: August 19, 2007

Mount RushmoreNews Release


August 19, 2007

For Immediate Release                          

Judy Olson, Public Information Officer

Phone: (605) 574-3115

Email: e-mail us


Naturalization Ceremony to be at

Mount Rushmore National Memorial


The United States District Court of South Dakota will be holding a Naturalization Ceremony for new citizens on Thursday, August 23, 2007, at 2:00 p.m.  The ceremony will be held at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on the Grandview Terrace.


The Shrine of Democracy, celebrating our rights and freedoms as Americans, is the perfect location for this special ceremony.  Under the watchful eye of four of our country’s founding fathers, approximately 60 people from 26 different countries will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States of America.


Dignitaries from the United States district courts, the Office of Homeland Security and the South Dakota Army National Guard will take part in ceremony, administration of the oath of allegiance and proclamations of citizenship.  Special guest speaker, Joyce Hazeltine, South Dakota Secretary of State from 1987 to 2003, will give the keynote address.


During the ceremony, a barbershop quartet will perform our national anthem and other patriotic songs.  The Daughters of the American Revolution, Elks Lodge No. 1187, VFW Post 1273 Rushmore Ladies Auxiliary, and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society will make special presentations to the new citizens.


Following the ceremony, the Pennington County auditor will be available for voter registration in the Mount Rushmore dining room.  Registration will be open to all eligible South Dakota voters, not just those from Pennington County.


The general public is invited to attend this celebration of citizenship of the United States.  The ceremony is free.  There is an $8 per car, parking fee.


For further information, please contact Judy Olson at the National Park Service at 605-574-3115.



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