Beginning at 11 a.m., Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott will be the keynote speaker, along with speeches by Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess and a representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Members of the Serpent Trail Dancers from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (San Juan) will present traditional dances, providing a link with the early inhabitants of the area. Eagle Scouts from Troop 129 will parade the colors, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos will provide refreshments, and there will be gifts and flowers for the new citizens.
Once again, Atomic City Transit is supporting the event by providing buses specially for the participants. This ceremony is not reserved for just the new citizens; members of the public are encouraged to attend and take this opportunity to reaffirm personal values as citizens of this great nation.
Throughout the day, Bandelier will also be hosting crafts demonstrators from Santo Domingo Pueblo. Representatives of the Santa Fe Raptor Center will be showing their educational birds, and the Serpent Trail Dancers will present their traditional dances again later in the day.
Because parking is extremely limited in the Bandelier Visitor Center area, those wishing to attend must catch the free park shuttles from the White Rock Visitor Center, which also provides a relaxed scenic ride to Bandelier. For more information, call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.