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Lebanon Day in Cleveland

Lebanese Independence Day
Cleveland City Hall
November 20,2012

The American Lebanese Community Council hosted an event to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the independence of Lebanon in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. The special guest was Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan.

Abby Mina served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Abby Mina at podium

Abby Mina


The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by the US Army.

Presentation of Colors by the US Army


This was followed by the singing of the national anthems of the United States and Lebanon.

singing of the national anthems of the United States and Lebanon

Tony Abdulkarin, Pierre Bejjani, Father Karam,
Consul Kabalan and Mayor Jackson





An invocation was given by Father Peter Karam of St Maron Church. He prayed for peace in the Middle East.

Father Peter Karam of St Maron Church

Father Peter Karam of St Maron Church




The Lebanese Folk Dance group Ajyal performed.

Ajyal Lebanese dance group


See photos and a video of Ajyal's performance at Lebanon Day

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke and congratulated the Lebanese community.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson




Abby Mina and Mayor Jackson

Abby Mina and Mayor Jackson

Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins spoke next. He presented a proclamation from Cleveland City Council to Consul Kabalan and Pierre Bejjani.

Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins

Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins



Councilman Brian Cummins, Consul General Bilal Kabalan and Pierre Bejjani

Councilman Brian Cummins,
Consul General Bilal Kabalan and Pierre Bejjani



Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan made his first visit to Cleveland and spoke to the full Rotunda.

Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan

Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan



Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan

Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan

Many proclamations and gifts were given to and by the Consul General, Mayor Jackson, Chief McCall, Pierre Bejjani and the American Lebanese Community Council and others.

Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan
and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson




Consul General of Lebanon Bilal Kabalan and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Consul General Kabalan, Mayor Jackson and Pierre Bejjani

Consul Kabalan and Pierre Bejjani

Consul Kabalan and Pierre Bejjani

Abby Mina, Malak Jadallah, Consul Kabalan and Pierre Bejjani

Abby Mina, Malak Jadallah,
Consul Kabalan and Pierre Bejjani

Lebanon Day Committee Chairman Pierre Bejjani spoke next. He explained the rationale behind the formation of the American Lebanese Community Council. The Council is open to all without regard to religion or political affiliation.

Lebanon Day Committee Chairman Pierre Bejjani

Committee Chairman Pierre Bejjani




Then Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs for the city of Cleveland, presented proclamations from Mayor Frank Jackson to the Lebanon Day Committee.

Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs for the city of Cleveland and Pierre Bejjani

Chief Valarie McCall and Pierre Bejjani




Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs for the city of Cleveland


Before a delicious dinner and dancing, a very special announcement was made. Erika Puussaar, Vice-President of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, announced that the Lebanese community was approved for membership in the Federation, the first step in the process to create a Lebanese Cultural Garden.

Abby Mina, Erika Puussaar and Pierre Bejjani

Abby Mina, Erika Puussaar and Pierre Bejjani



Erika Puussaar and Pierre Bejjani

Erika Puussaar and Pierre Bejjani


See photos of the attendees at Lebanon Day at Cleveland City Hall

Photos and video of the dance performance by Ajyal




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