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Lebanon Day 2017 in Cleveland

Lebanon Day 2017 in Cleveland
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
November 20,2017

The American Lebanese Community Council presented the 7th annual celebration of Lebanon Day in the City of Cleveland celebrating the 74th independence of Lebanon. The ceremony was in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Lebanon Day banner in Cleveland City Hall

It began with Mistress of Ceremonies Nisreen Khazaal introducing the US Army Color Guard and the playing of the national anthems of the United States and Lebanon.

Nisreen Khazaal

US Army Color Guard at Lebanon Day

US Army Color Guard at Lebanon Day


Richard Anter III led the United States national anthem and Father Naim Khalil, Pastor of St Elias Melkite Church led the Lebanese anthem

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Richard Anter III

Richard Anter III



Next, Nisreen Khazaal called on Father Naim Khalil and Imam Ramez Islambouli from Case Western Reserve University for the invocations.



Father Naim Khalil and Imam Ramez Islambouli

Father Naim Khalil and Imam Ramez Islambouli


Next, American Lebanese Community Council president Pierre Bejjani welcomed the crowd, thanked sponsors and gave an update.



 Pierre Bejjani

Pierre Bejjani


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke next and presented a proclamation to Pierre Bejjani.



Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson

Pierre Bejjani and Mayor Frank Jackson

Pierre Bejjani and Mayor Frank Jackson


Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish spoke next.



Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Pierre Bejjani and Armond Budish

Pierre Bejjani and Armond Budish


Next, Pierre Bejjani called up Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko and a rep from Secretary of State John Husted's office.



Kenny Yuko

Kenny Yuko

Secretary of State John Husted's representative

Secretary of State John Husted's representative


World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) North America President Judge George Khouri spoke about the Lebanese diaspora.



Judge George Khouri

Judge George Khouri

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur was the keynote speaker and she paid tribute to the Lebanese Americans especially the two honorees that evening, Dr. Farid Muakkassa and Mr. Yehia Shousher.



Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Pierre Bejjani and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Pierre Bejjani and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur



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Next, ALCC President Pierre Bejjani introduced Yehia "John" Shousher who was honored for his lifetime of service.



Yehia John Shousher

Yehia "John" Shousher

Yehia  John Shousher and Pierre Bejjani

Yehia "John" Shousher and Pierre Bejjani


The other honoree was Dr. Farid Muakkassa.



Dr. Farid Muakkassa

Dr. Farid Muakkassa

Dr. Farid Muakkassa and Pierre Bejjani

Dr. Farid Muakkassa and Pierre Bejjani


After a delicious dinner, a presentation on the status of the Lebanese Cultural Garden was made by Rasha Alameh and Aleina Soueidi.



Rasha Alameh and Aleina Soueidi

Rasha Alameh and Aleina Soueidi

Lebanese Cultural Garden plans

Lebanese Cultural Garden plans


The evening continued as the Ajyal Lebanese Dance Group performed and then the crowd joined in for dancing.

Nemr Soueidi and Issam Aboudabe of Ajyal

Nemr Soueidi and Issam Aboudabe of Ajyal


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