Independence Day Ceremonies

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Each year, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation hosts a naturalization ceremony on the West Lawn at Monticello and features a distinguished speaker in celebration of the nation's birthday. Speakers have included the following:

Year Name Title
1936 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States
1947 Harry S. Truman 33rd President of the United States
1963 Sir Robert Menzies Prime Minister of Australia
1964 Henry J. Taylor Columnist and former United States Ambassador to Switzerland
1965 Helde Alphaud Ambassador of France to the United States
1966 Torben Rønne Ambassador of Denmark to the United States
1967 Henry H. Fowler Secretary of the Treasury
1968 Eugene V. Rostow Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Department of State
1969 U. Alexis Johnson Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Department of State
1970 J. Sergeant Reynolds Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
1971 Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Former Governor of Virginia
1972 Harry Flood Byrd, Jr. United States Senator from Virginia
1973 Justice Albertis S. Harrison, Jr. Virginia Supreme Court Justice and former Governor of Virginia
1974 Louis B. Wright Author and Director Emeritus, Folger Shakespeare Library
1975 Dumas Malone Jefferson biographer and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Virginia
1976 Gerald R. Ford 38th President of the United States
1977 Caryl Parker Haskins Scientist and Trustee, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
1978 John N. Dalton Governor of Virginia
1979 Clifton Waller Barrett Author, businessman, book collector and Trustee, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
1980 Charles F. Baldwin Ambassador in Residence, Univ. of Virginia
1981 Merrill D. Peterson Jefferson biographer and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, University of Virginia
1982 Charles S. Robb Governor of Virginia
1983 J. Kenneth Robinson U.S. Representative, 7th Congressional District of Virginia
1984 John O. Marsh, Jr. Secretary of the Army
1985 John W. Warner U.S. Senator from Virginia
1986 Kenneth W. Thompson Director, White Burkett Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia
1987 Gerald L. Baliles Governor of Virginia
1988 John Charles Thomas Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia
1989 Henry J. Abraham James Hart Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
1990 L. Douglas Wilder Governor of Virginia
1991 Jacques Andreani Ambassador of France to the United States
1992 Carl Sagan David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences, Cornell University
1993 John T. Casteen III President of the University of Virginia
1994 David McCullough Biographer and Historian
1995 Roberto C. Goizueta Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the Coca-Cola Company
1996 Richard Moe President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
1997 Colin L. Powell former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense
1998 Andrew Young Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
1999 James S. Gilmore III Governor of Virginia
2000 Madeleine K. Albright Secretary of State
2001 Vartan Gregorian President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York
2002 Frank McCourt Author and educator
2003 Allen H. Neuharth founder of USA Today and The Freedom Forum
2004 W. Richard West, Jr. founding director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
2005 I.M. Pei architect
2006 Christo and Jeanne-Claude artists
2007 Sam Waterston actor
2008 George W. Bush President of the United States of America
2009 Tom Perriello U.S. Representative, 5th Congressional District of Virginia

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