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Naturalization Event at Thomas Stone National Historic Site

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Thomas Stone National Historic Site hosted its first Naturalization Ceremony at the park and the first in Southern Maryland on Saturday September 14th 2013.

"Sixteen people were sworn in as and citizens and there were about 100 participants at the event," said park Site Manager Dick Dretsch. Peter Murphy, Maryland’s District 28 State Delegate, Charles County Commission President, Candice Quinn Kelly and an aid from Congressmen Stenie Hoyer’s office spoke at the Naturalization. 

The Constitution Day event took place on the porch of Thomas Stone’s 18th century mansion. Thomas Stone was one of the four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Peter Murphy and Candice Quinn Kelly both spoke about the joys, duties and responsibilities of becoming a citizen of the United States of America. Peter Murphy also said now that they were citizens of the United States they needed to experience two of America’s finest traditions, and he provided them with tickets to a Blue Crab Baseball game and tickets to the Charles County Fair.

This Naturalization Ceremony will become an annual event at the park.



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