New U.S. citizens to be sworn in at Middleton Place

Denise Frazier leads the oath (provided)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- Middleton Place National Historic Landmark will be the site of a naturalization ceremony June 26.Gov. Haley to scheduled to speak that day which is also the 270th birthday of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who is buried a short distance away from where the ceremony will take place.The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will open with the Presentation of the Colors by the Colonial Color Guard.A rendition of America the Beautiful by the Bethany United Methodist Church Children's Choir will follow, and a Welcome Message from Charles Duell, Middleton Place Foundation President will then be given. The Keynote Address will come from Gov. Haley before the Oath of Allegiance is administered."When Arthur Middleton decided to take up the cause of Independence, it was a decision he couldn't take back," says Tracey Todd, Middleton Place's vice-president of museums. "Playing both sides of the fence was not an option for him. So I think Arthur Middleton would be proud this country is so strong 236 years after he signed the Declaration of Independence, and he would be especially pleased that new citizens were being welcomed at his home."For more information on the Naturalization Ceremony, call 843-556-6020.