New Citizens Naturalized at Monticello

At Thomas Jefferson’s mountaintop home, Monticello, near Charlottesville, VA on Independence Day 77 people took an oath and became US citizens. The annual naturalization ceremony featured a keynote speech by Coca-Cola Co. chief executive Muhtar Kent, a dual citizen with the US and Turkey. In a prepared speech he said, "As you become Americans in the place Thomas Jefferson loved most of all, you represent his dreams of the future.”

The company he leads, Coca Cola, covered the event with four cameras and prepared a short vignette that was sent and shown later on the holiday at various sporting and holiday venues around the country.