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Lebanon Independence Day 2014

Lebanon Independence Day 2014
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
November 21, 2014

The American Lebanese Community Council presented Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland to celebrate 71 years of independence for Lebanon. The Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall was full of Lebanese Americans and friends of the Lebanese community.

MCs George Shamatta and Rasha Alameh welcomed the crowd to the 2014 celebration of Lebanon Day in Cleveland.

MCs George Shamatta and Rasha Alameh

MCs George Shamatta and Rasha Alameh


They introduced the US Army color guard and Richard Anter III who sang the US national anthem.

Richard Anter III

Richard Anter III sang the US National Anthem



Then, Father Naim Khalil, Pastor of St. Elias Church sang the Lebanese national anthem.

Father Naim Khalil

Father Naim Khalil sang the Lebanese Anthem



Father Naim Khalil

Father Naim Khalil


Imam Ramez Istambouli from Case Western Reserve University and Monsignor Peter Karam, Pastor of St. Maron Church gave the invocation.

Imam Ramez Istambouli

Imam Ramez Istambouli

Monsignor Peter Karam

Monsignor Peter Karam



MCs George Shamatta and Rasha Alameh told the crowd that they are both first generation Lebanese and where their families came from in Lebanon.

MCs George Shamatta and Rasha Alameh

MCs George Shamatta and Rasha Alameh



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson thanked the Lebanese community and especially Pierre Bejjani for their contributions to the city.

Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson



Pierre Bejjani and Mayor Jackson

Pierre Bejjani and Mayor Jackson

Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman also thanked the Lebanese community for their contributions to the city.

Councilman Joe Cimperman

Councilman Joe Cimperman



Pierre Bejjani and Joe Cimperman

Pierre Bejjani and Joe Cimperman

Pierre Bejjani, Chairman of the 2014 Lebanon Day Committee, called up members of the committee who were given a certificate from Cleveland City Council.

2014 Lebanon Day Committee members

2014 Lebanon Day Committee members

2014 Lebanon Day Committee members

2014 Lebanon Day Committee members

2014 Lebanon Day Committee members

2014 Lebanon Day Committee members



Ms. Tamore Gemayel and Mr. Tony Haddad told about plans for the new Lebanese Cultural Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain.

Lebanese Cultural Garden drawing

Lebanese Cultural Garden drawing

Tamore Gemayel and Tony Haddad

Tamore Gemayel and Tony Haddad



Tamore Gemayel

Tamore Gemayel

Then the Ajyal Dabke Dancers performed.

The Ajyal Dabke Dancers performed at the 2014 celebration of Lebanon Day in Cleveland


See photos and videos of the Ajyal performance at Lebanon Day 2014

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A poem about Lebanese Independence was read in Arabic.



Then Pierre Bejjani told how the Cleveland Lebanese community condemns the violence in the Middle East.

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani



MC Rasha Alameh introduced a young boy who created a flag of Lebanon by himself especially for this event.

young boy who created a flag of Lebanon



Cuyahoga County Executive Elect Armond Budish spoke about our rich diversity being a strength.

Cuyahoga County Executive Elect <b>Armond Budish

Armond Budish




After a sumptuous dinner, attendees danced to the music from DJ Georgie.

DJ Georgie

DJ Georgie




Photos and videos of the Ajyal performance at Lebanon Day 2014

Photos of people at Lebanon Day 2014



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