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Croatian Cultural Garden - Dedication

Croatian Cultural Garden Dedication
Immigrant Mother Statue Unveiling
June 3, 2012

Phase 1 of the Croatian Cultural Garden has been completed. The beautiful Garden was formally dedicated in a ceremony on Sunday June 3rd in front of several hundred attendees.

Cleveland Croatian Cultural Garden sign

Marko Lasic served as Master of Ceremonies for the event and the national anthems of the US (by Marcie Coleff) and Croatia (by Vinka Lasic- Knott) were sung.

Marko Lasic at Croatian Garden

Marko Lasic



Marko Lasic introduced Fr. Zvonko Blasko of St. Pauls Croatian Church who gave the opening invocation and blessing.

Fr. Zvonko Blasko, St. Paul's Croatian Church

Fr. Zvonko Blasko, St. Paul's Croatian Church

The statue of the Immigrant Mother was covered until the official unveiling.

Immigrant Mother statue covered for unveiling


Immigrant Mother statue unveiling


Immigrant Mother statue unveiling

Helen Sekulic and son John Sekulic unveiled the statue


Immigrant Mother statue unveiling


Immigrant Mother statue unveiling


Immigrant Mother statue unveiling





Next, Maria Vokic read a moving essay about the Immigrant Mother.

Maria Vokic

Maria Vokic




Branka Malinar officially dedicated the Immigrant Mother statue and the Croatian Garden.

Branka Malinar

Branka Malinar



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson


Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald also spoke.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald



Ward 8 Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson and others also spoke.

Ward 8 Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson

Ward 8 Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson



Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford welcomed the Croatian Garden to the family.

Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford



Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford

Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford


Branka Malinar introduced some of the benefactors of the Croatian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio including Ed Lozick who spoke a few words.

Ed Lozick  and Branka Malinar

Ed Lozick and Branka Malinar



Ed Lozick

Tom Turkaly presented a replica of the Immigrant Mother statue to Mr and Mrs Ed Lozick

Tom Turkaly presented a replica of the
Immigrant Mother statue to Mr and Mrs Ed Lozick


Next, Fr. Zvonko Blasko of St. Paul's Croatian Church spoke in Croatian about some of the symbolism of the Immigrant Mother statue and other aspects of the Croatian Cultural Garden.

Fr. Zvonko Blasko of St. Paul's Croatian Church

Fr. Zvonko Blasko of St. Paul's Croatian Church



Fr. Blasko then introduced two students from the Croatian Language School, Cardinal A. Stepinac. Tony Osap recited "Domovino Ja Te Volim" ( I love you my homeland)and Katarina Valentic recited "Ja Sam Hrvatica Mala" ( I am a Croatian girl).

Fr. Zvonko Blasko and Croatian language students



Tony Osap recited Domovino Ja Te Volim  ( I love you my homeland)

Tony Osap

Katarina Valentic recited Ja Sam Hrvatica Mala  ( I am a Croatian girl)

Katarina Valentic


Robert Jerin spoke in English about the symbolism in the Croatian Garden. He also singled out Branka Malinar for her hard work.

Robert Jerin

Robert Jerin



Branka Malinar and Robert Jerin

Branka Malinar and Robert Jerin

Then Josip Paro, Croatia's ambassador to the United States, spoke.

Josip Paro, Croatia's ambassador to the United States

Josip Paro, Croatia's ambassador to the United States



Josip Paro, Croatia's ambassador to the United States


The Dedication ceremony ended with British Cultural Garden representative Mary Hamlin welcoming the Croatian Garden as the 28th garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

British Cultural Garden representative Mary Hamlin

Mary Hamlin



Attendees then moved up to the East Blvd. site of the Croatian Garden for entertainment and food.

Performing at Croatian Cultural Garden

Performing at Croatian Cultural Garden

Please enjoy these images from the Croatian Garden dedication.

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Marko Lasic, Mary Hamlin,
Maria Vokic and Judge Diane Karpinski


Tom Turkaly and Raj Pillai (Indian Garden)

Tom Turkaly and Raj Pillai


Sheila Murphy Crawford, Branka Malinar and Jeff Johnson

Sheila Murphy Crawford, Branka Malinar and Jeff Johnson


Korduna group - Zvucl Domovine Hrvata Korduna

Zvucl Domovine Hrvata Korduna


Band from Zvucl Domovine Hrvata Korduna

Zvucl Domovine Hrvata Korduna Band


Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans

Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans


Jerry Malinar

Jerry Malinar


Yvonne Conwell, Mrs Joseph Turkaly and Mayor Frank Jackson

Yvonne Conwell, Mrs Joseph Turkaly and Mayor Frank Jackson


Cleveland Cultural Garden Group at Immigrant Mother Statue - Bill Jones, Tom Turkaly, Sheila Murphy Crawford, Carolyn Balogh, Rich Creppage and Mary Hamlin

Bill Jones, Tom Turkaly, Sheila Murphy Crawford, Carolyn Balogh,
Rich Creppage and Mary Hamlin


Branka Malinar and Jeff Johnson

Branka Malinar and Jeff Johnson


Croatian Flag at Croatian Garden in Cleveland

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