Perriello to keynote Monticello July 4 naturalization
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation announced yesterday that Congressman Tom Perriello (D-Ivy) will serve as the keynote speaker for this year's annual July 4 naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens at Monticello. Perriello's speech will mark the 63rd time Mr. Jefferson's home has hosted this austere occasion, the first coming just after World War II in 1946. The freshman Democrat joins a list of distinguished people to have addressed the Monticello ceremony including architect I.M. Pei, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and last year President George W. Bush. The event begins at 10am and is free to the public.