Independence Day Ceremonies

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Each year, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation hosts a naturalization ceremony on the West Lawn 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
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. Former Governor of Virginia
1974 Louis B. Wright Author
1975 Dumas Malone Jefferson biographer
1976 Gerald R. Ford 38th President of the United States
1977 Caryl Parker Haskins Scientist
1979 Clifton Waller Barrett Author, businessman and book collector
1980 Charles F. Baldwin Diplomat
1981 Merrill D. Peterson Jefferson biographer
1982 Charles S. Robb Governor of Virginia
1992 Carl Sagan Astronomer
1993 John T. Casteen III President of the University of Virginia
1994 David McCullough Biographer and Historian
1995 Roberto C. Goizueta Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Coca-Cola Company
1996 Richard Moe President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
1997 Colin L. Powell Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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

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