Naturalization ceremony to be held at Mount Rushmore

The United States District Court of South Dakota will hold a Naturalization Ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Thursday, July 14, at 2 p.m. in which approximately 100 people will become new American citizens. The ceremony will be held in the Amphitheater and is sponsored by the Mount Rushmore Society.

Representatives of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, the United States Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security will participate in the ceremony. Special guest speaker Walter Lesnevich of Lesnevich & Marzano-Lesnevich, LLC, a law firm in New Jersey, will present Immigration: The Promise Continues. Lesnevich has over 30 years experience in a wide-range of cases and is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial and Criminal Trial Attorney, something only the most skilled lawyers achieve and maintain.

More than 80 members of the Dakota Choral Union will perform three patriotic songs, including the Star-Spangled Banner. In addition, Mount Rushmore National Memorial�s Superintendent Cheryl Schreier, the Mount Rushmore Society and students from West Middle School will make special presentations to the new citizens.

Following the ceremony, Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson will be available for voter registration outside the Carvers Cafe. Registration will be open to all eligible South Dakota voters, not just those from Pennington County.

The public is invited to attend this celebration of citizenship of the United States. The ceremony is free. There is an $11 parking fee per car.

The Mount Rushmore Society � through the Mount Rushmore Bookstores, the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour, the Mount Rushmore Institute and other activities�is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and enhancement of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the values it represents through a partnership with the National Park Service.

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