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Lebanon Day in Cleveland

Lebanon Day in Cleveland
November 22, 2011
Cleveland City Hall

The first Lebanese Independence Day took place on November 22, 1943 in remembrance of the liberation from the French Mandate which was exercised over Lebanese soil for over 23 years.

Boy holding flag of Lebanon in Cleveland City Hall

In 2011, the first Lebanon Day in the city of Cleveland was celebrated. The Lebanese flag flew from the top of Cleveland City Hall and a special ceremony was held in City Hall Rotunda.

Elizabeth Unis Chesko, Professor of Music at Cleveland State University, sang the United State National Anthem.

Elizabeth Unis Chesko, Professor of Music at Cleveland State University

Elizabeth Unis Chesko

Standing for the anthem


Tony Mikhael sang the National Anthem of Lebanon.

Tony Mikhael sang the National Anthem of Lebanon

Tony Mikhael

Father Peter Karam of Cleveland's Saint Maron Parish offered the invocation.

 Father Peter Karam of Cleveland's Saint Maron Parish

Father Peter Karam

Abdulla (Abe) Mina served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Abdulla (Abe) Mina

Abdulla (Abe) Mina


Cleveland Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins congratulated the Lebanese American community in Cleveland at the Lebanon Day celebration at Cleveland City Hall. "The ethnic diversity of Cleveland is one of our biggest strengths."

Cleveland Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins

Abe Mina, Councilman Zack Reed, Pierre Bejjani and Councilman Cummins

Proclamations and acknowledgments were given to and by Mayor Frank Jackson, Valarie McCall, Councilman Brian Cummins and others.

Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani


Abe Mina, Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Abe Mina, Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani


Pierre Bejjani and Valarie McCall

Pierre Bejjani and Valarie McCall


Pierre Bejjani and Mayor Frank Jackson

Pierre Bejjani and Mayor Frank Jackson


Pierre Bejjani and Councilman Brian Cummins

Pierre Bejjani and Councilman Brian Cummins



Jihad Bejjani recieves award representing Pierre's home town Kahale, Lebanon

Jihad Bejjani (Pierre's Uncle) from Kahale, Lebanon



Pierre Bejjani, President of the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA), spoke at the Lebanon Day celebration at Cleveland City Hall.

Pierre Bejjani, President of the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA)

Pierre Bejjani

Nemer Soueidi with Lebanese flag

Nemer Soueidi


Issam Boudiab ( leader of the dance group Ajyal) with Mayor Jackson

Issam Boudiab, leader of the dance group Ajyal, with Mayor Jackson


Councilman Joe Cimperman, Pierre Bejjani and Councilman Brian Cummins

Councilman Joe Cimperman, Pierre Bejjani and Councilman Brian Cummins


The Naoum Family

The Naoum Family


Maya Abi-Akl, Mayor Jackson and Said Abi-Akl

Maya Abi-Akl, Mayor Jackson and Said Abi-Akl


Tony Abdelkarim, Pierre Bejjani, Tammore Gemayel and  Brian  Cummins

Tony Abdelkarim, Pierre Bejjani, Tammore Gemayel and Brian Cummins


Ramona Anton, Berenice Joseph, Rose Heathcote and Michael Joseph

Ramona Anton, Berenice Joseph, Rose Heathcote and Michael Joseph



Lebanese Flag in Cleveland City Hall Rotunda



Music and Entertainment from Lebanon Day on Page 2
Lebanese Folkdances, Sword Dance, Music by Tony Mikhael and Joe Estephan Band and dancing


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