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Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day

Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland
72nd annual One World Day
August 27, 2017

The Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio hosted a flag-raising ceremony on the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2017

Vietnamese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2017


It began with MC Joseph Meissner welcoming the crowd.

Joseph Meissner

Joseph Meissner


The flags of Vietnam and the United States were honored and the national anthems of both countries were sung.

Flags of the US and Vietnam on One World Day


Michaell Powell and US Flag

Michael Powell and US Flag


National Anthems of the US and Vietnam on One World Day in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden

National Anthems of the US and Vietnam

National Anthems of the US and Vietnam on One World Day in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden


National Anthems of the US and Vietnam on One World Day in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden


National Anthems of the US and Vietnam on One World Day in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden


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Vietnam Veteran Lt. Colonel Ernie Minichello spoke at the Flag Raising ceremony in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio on One World Day. He spoke of his service, what it means to be an American and the current and future situation in Vietnam.

Lt. Colonel Ernie Minichello

Lt. Colonel Ernie Minichello




Vietnam Veteran Lt. Colonel Joseph Meissner introduced Mr Kha Duong, the president of the Vietnamese community of Northeast Ohio at the Flag Raising ceremony in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio on One World Day. He spoke of the Vietnamese community and the Vietnamese Cultural Garden.



Mr Kha Duong

Mr Kha Duong


Mr Kha Duong

Vietnam Veteran Lt. Colonel Joseph Meissner introduced Robert Doezen, Master Sergeant-RET at the Flag Raising ceremony in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio on One World Day. He spoke of his experience in the Vietnam War.



Robert Doezen, Master Sergeant-RET

Robert Doezen, Master Sergeant-RET


Joseph Meissner introduced Oanh Loi-Powell, the Vice-president of the Vietnamese Cultural Garden at the Flag Raising ceremony on One World Day. Oanh told how it takes a community effort to build the Garden.



Gia Hoa Ryan, Oanh Loi-Powell and Joe Meissner

Gia Hoa Ryan, Oanh Loi-Powell and Joe Meissner


Vietnam Veteran Lt. Colonel Joseph Meissner was a Green Beret. He has been back to Vietnam 30 times since the war. He spoke in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden at the Flag Raising ceremony on One World Day.



Joe Meissner and Gioa Hoa Ryan

Joe Meissner and Gia Hoa Ryan


Joseph Meissner introduced Gia Hoa Ryan in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden at the Flag Raising ceremony on One World Day.

Gia Hoa Ryan and family

Gia Hoa Ryan and family


Ms. Ryan started the Friendship Foundation of American Vietnamese and is president of the Vietnamese Cultural Garden. She introduced Tyler Powell, Truc Phuong Nguyen, her niece and nephew and other young people to speak because they are the future of the Garden and the community.



Members of Gia Hoa Ryan family speaking in Vietnamese Cultural Garden

Members of Gia Hoa Ryan family speaking in Vietnamese Cultural Garden

Members of Gia Hoa Ryan family speaking in Vietnamese Cultural Garden


Members of Gia Hoa Ryan family speaking in Vietnamese Cultural Garden


Members of Gia Hoa Ryan family speaking in Vietnamese Cultural Garden


The festivities continued in the Vietnamese Cultural Garden all day with delicious food and drinks, photo opportunities and lessons on Vietnamese culture.

Young boy on bike in Vietnamese Cultural Garden


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Later in the day representatives of the Vietnamese Cultural Garden marched in the One World Day Parade of Flags.

Vietnamese Cultural Garden marching in the One World Day Parade of Flags

Vietnamese Cultural Garden members marching
in the One World Day Parade of Flags



Vietnamese Cultural Garden marching in the One World Day Parade of Flags


Vietnamese Cultural Garden marching in the One World Day Parade of Flags


Vietnamese Cultural Garden marching in the One World Day Parade of Flags - Oanh Powell


Vietnamese Cultural Garden marching in the One World Day Parade of Flags


Watch this video of the entire Parade of Flags at the 2017 One World Day.



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