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Lebanon Day 2015

Lebanon Day 2015
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
November 19,2015

Lebanon Day 2015 was celebrated at an event in Cleveland City Hall's Rotunda. The event, celebrating 72 years of Lebanese Independence, was put on by the American Lebanese Community Council (ALCC) and hosted by Mayor Jackson and the city of Cleveland.

The American Lebanese Community Council (ALCC) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, created for all American Lebanese, Lebanese or those of Lebanese descent regardless of their political or religious affiliations. It was founded in November 2012 and was created for the purpose:

  • To preserve, enrich, and promote our Lebanese heritage and traditions through educational, cultural and charitable activities.
  • To establish and maintain the Lebanese Cultural Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation.
  • To interact with local communities to increase public awareness of the Lebanese Culture.
  • To create understanding and unity among the Lebanese people and the community.

Richard Anter III served as Master of Ceremonies for Lebanon Day in Cleveland celebrating 72 years of Lebanese Independence.

Richard Anter III

Richard Anter III


After welcoming the crowd he asked for a moment of silence for the victims of terror in Paris, Beirut and other places. Then the US Army Color Guard presented the colors.

Elizabeth Unis Chesko national anthem


Elizabeth Unis Chesko led the US National Anthem.

Elizabeth Unis Chesko

Elizabeth Unis Chesko



Fr. Naim Khalil, Pastor of St Elias Church, led the Lebanese National Anthem.

Fr. Naim Khalil singing Lebanese national anthem

Fr. Naim Khalil

Monsignor Bill Bonczewski, Pastor of Our Lady of the Cedars in Fairlawn Ohio, gave an invocation.

Monsignor Bill Bonczewski

Monsignor Bill Bonczewski

Imam Ramez Istambouli of Case Western Reserve University also gave an invocation.

Imam Ramez Istambouli

Imam Ramez Istambouli



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke at the 2015 Lebanon Day in Cleveland celebrating 72 years of Lebanese Independence.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Councilman Brian Cummins spoke next and presented a proclamation from City Council.

Councilman Brian Cummins

Councilman Brian Cummins



Councilman Brian Cummins and Pierre Bejjani

Councilman Brian Cummins and Pierre Bejjani


American Lebanese Community Council (ALCC) President Pierre Bejjani thanked the committee, sponsors and supporters of the 2015 Lebanon Day in Cleveland celebrating 72 years of Lebanese Independence. He also recognized dignitaries in attendance.

Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani



Richard Anter III and Pierre Bejjani

Richard Anter III and Pierre Bejjani

Pierre said that the ALCC was for all regardless of religion or political persuasion. He told why we should celebrate the independence of Lebanon in these troubled times.



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Two special men were honored at the event. Roger Abood was honored by the American Lebanese Community Council for his many achievements.

Roger Abood and Pierre Bejjani

Roger Abood and Pierre Bejjani



Roger Abood and Pierre Bejjani

Roger Abood and Pierre Bejjani

Roger Abood

Roger Abood

Michael Orra was the other deserving honoree.

Michael Orra and Pierre Bejjani

Michael Orra and Pierre Bejjani



Michael Orra and Pierre Bejjani

Michael Orra and Pierre Bejjani

Michael Orra

Michael Orra

Steven Dettelbach, US Attorney for Northern District of Ohio, was the keynote speaker.

Steven Dettelbach

Steven Dettelbach



Steven Dettelbach

Steven Dettelbach

Michael Orra and Tamore Gemayel gave a presentation on the past, present and future of the Lebanese Cultural Garden. The Lebanese Garden will join the chain of 30 or so other nationality gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain.

Lebanese Cultural Garden sign

Michael Orra and Tamore Gemayel



Michael Orra and Tamore Gemayel

Michael Orra and Tamore Gemayel

Tamore Gemayel

Tamore Gemayel

The evening continued with performabces by the Ajyal Dancers, great food and dancing. Be sure to visit the other 2 pages of Lebanon Day 2015.

Main 2015 Lebanon Day Page (this page)

Ajyal Dabke Dancers at 2015 Lebanon Day

2015 Lebanon Day People Page








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