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20 years of Slovenian Statehood

20 years of Slovenian Statehood
Cleveland City Hall
June 24, 2011

On June 25, 1991 Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia. 20 years of Slovenian Statehood was celebrated in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Friday June 24, 2011 with dignitaries and musical performances.

Raine Austen sang the United States National Anthem.

Raine Austen sings national anthem

Raine Austen

Raine Austen


The Slovenian National Anthem was then sung by Mi smo Mi Young Men's Choral Group.

Mi smo Mi Slovenian Men's Chorus

Mi smo Mi Slovenian Men's Chorus

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke and welcomed the crowd.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Next, Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Jure Žmauc spoke.

Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Jure Žmauc

Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Jure Žmauc

Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek read a resolution from City Council.

Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek

Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek

Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman then read the resolution in Slovenian and presented it to Consul General Jure Žmauc.

Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman

Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman



Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Jure Žmauc


Councilman Cimperman then spoke about his own Slovenian heritage.

The next to speak was Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko.

Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko

Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko

US Senator Rob Portman's representative George Brown read a proclamation from the United States Senate on the occasion of 20 years of Slovenian statehood.

US Senator Rob Portman's representative George Brown

US Senator Rob Portman's representative George Brown

Then the keynote speaker was introduced. Dr. Boštjan Žekš, Minister for Slovenes Abroad gave the keynote address.

Dr. Boštjan Žekš, Minister for Slovenes Abroad

Dr. Boštjan Žekš, Minister for Slovenes Abroad

Dr. Boštjan Žekš, Minister for Slovenes Abroad



Dr. Boštjan Žekš, Minister for Slovenes Abroad

The musical portion of the event included of a stirring rendition of God Bless America by Raine Austen.

Raine Austen

Raine Austen



Raine Austen


Then the Men's Chorus Mi smo Mi performed.

Men's Chorus Mi smo Mi

Slovenec Sem




Oj Triglab, Moj Dom




Pri Farni Cerkvki




Mi smo Mi Slovenian Chorus

Planinska




Enjoy these images from the Slovenian Statehood Celebration at Cleveland City Hall.

Jim Georgiades and Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee August Pust

Jim Georgiades and
Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee August Pust


Councilman Joe Cimperman, United States Ambassador to Slovenia Mr. Joseph Mussomeli and Councilman Mike Polensek

Councilman Joe Cimperman, United States Ambassador to Slovenia Mr. Joseph Mussomeli and Councilman Mike Polensek


Slovenian Ambassador to the United States Mr. Roman Kirn and United States Ambassador to Slovenia Mr. Joseph Mussomeli

Slovenian Ambassador to the United States Mr. Roman Kirn and United States Ambassador to Slovenia Mr. Joseph Mussomeli


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Charles A. de la Porte, Honorary Consul, Consulate of the Netherlands

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Charles A. de la Porte, Honorary Consul, Consulate of the Netherlands


Father John Kumse and Councilman Joe Cimperman

Father John Kumse and Councilman Joe Cimperman


Dr. Boštjan Žekš, George Brown and Mr. Jure Žmauc

Dr. Boštjan Žekš, George Brown and Mr. Jure Žmauc


Kenny and Pam Yuko with Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee Tony Petkovsek

Kenny and Pam Yuko with Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee Tony Petkovsek


Judge Ron and Patricia Suster

Judge Ron and Patricia Suster


Ed and Helen Oshaban with Olga Merela

Ed and Helen Oshaban with Olga Merela


Crila Kermavner and Stefan Vesel

Crila Kermavner and Stefan Vesel


Olga Dorchak, Ivana Yuko and Gerri Trebets

Olga Dorchak, Ivana Yuko and Gerri Trebets


Dolores Hrovat, Many Toncar, Raine Austen and Greg Sadlek

Dolores Hrovat, Many Toncar, Raine Austen and Greg Sadlek


Joe and Rita Skoda

Joe and Rita Skoda


Matt and Breda Loncar

Matt and Breda Loncar


Nora and Maeve Cimperman

Nora and Maeve Cimperman


Arnie de la Porte with Yana and Alin Rosca

Arnie de la Porte with Yana and Alin Rosca


Dorothy Gorjup and Olga Dorchak

Dorothy Gorjup and Olga Dorchak


City group that traveled to Slovenia

City group that traveled to Slovenia


City Hall crowd for Slovenian Statehood celebration

City Hall crowd for Slovenian Statehood celebration


Flag of Slovenia in Cleveland City Hall

Flag of Slovenia in Cleveland City Hall




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