The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area will celebrate National Lands Days on Saturday, Sept. 27, by waving its entry fees for a day and by hosting a naturalization ceremony to welcome about 70 new citizens.

This will be the second time the recreation area has hosted a naturalization ceremony in Sandy Springs with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. A similar riverside service was held last year.

This year, the  ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Hewlett Field at the recreation area’s Island Ford unit, 1978 Island Ford Parkway.

“What better place to be sworn in as a new citizen of the United States than in one of our incredible national parks?” recreation area Superintendent Bill Cox asked in a press release.  “A national system of parks was a uniquely American idea with the thought that the significant places set aside in this country are for all the citizens to enjoy and experience.

“It is my hope that by becoming United States citizens in a national park, you will hold that connection dear to you and make an effort to visit, explore and learn about as many of the parks in the system as possible.”

Also Saturday, the recreation area will not collect the usual $3 entry fee  from visitors at any of the park’s picnic areas or boat ramps, the park service said in the  press release.

Muna Omar, right, joined others in becoming a U.S. citizen at a Chattahoochee River ceremony.

Muna Omar, right, joined others in becoming a U.S. citizen at a Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area ceremony in 2013.

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