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One World Day 2009 in Cleveland Cultural Gardens
September 20, 2009

The annual One World Day celebration was held in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Sunday September 20, 2009. The host Garden for the 2009 event was the Polish Garden.

Ben Stefanski of the Polish Gardens served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Ben Stefanski

Ben Stefanski


He welcomed the crowd and the Czech Hronek Brass Band played the US National Anthem.

Czech hronek Brass Band



The Polish National Anthem was then sung by young Barbara Sikla.



After an invocation, the annual naturalization ceremony began with Honorable Judge David S. Perelman presiding. 20 people from all over the world took their oath of citizenship at the ceremony.

Oath of Citizenship at One World Day

Oath of Citizenship

Judge Perelman then invited two of the new citizens to make a brief comment about their new citizenship.



Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation President Paul Burik spoke as did other dignitaries such as Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Councilwoman Shari Cloud and George Brown from Senator George Voinovich's office.



The keynote address was given by noted immigration attorney Margaret W. Wong.

Margaret Wong delivers the keynote address

Margaret Wong delivers the keynote address

She encouraged the attendees to do 3 good deeds each day - especially to people who look different from you.

Musical performances rounded out One World Day 2009.


Paul Burik, Councilwoman Shari Cloud and Ben Stefanski

Paul Burik, Councilwoman Shari Cloud and Ben Stefanski


One Wolrd Day crowd in front of Madame Curie bust

One World Day crowd in front of Madame Curie bust


George Brown from Senator George Voinovich's office

George Brown from Senator George Voinovich's office


Judge David Perelman at One World Day 2009

Judge David Perelman


Judge Diane Karpinski

Judge Diane Karpinski


Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Margaret Wong

Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Margaret Wong


Oath of citizenship

Taking the Oath of citizenship


New US citizen

New US citizen


The Polish Garden was full of people

The Polish Garden was full of people


The opening Invocation

The opening Invocation


Margaret Wong and Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Margaret Wong and Congressman Dennis Kucinich


Flags of the Nations

Flags of the Nations


Flags of the Nations


Flags of the Nations


Ron Lawton, Irene Morrow and Vlad Rus

Ron Lawton, Irene Morrow and Vlad Rus


Flags of the Nations


Flags of the Nations


Flags of the Nations


Flags of the Nations - Polish PIAST

Polish PIAST Dancers


Flags of the Nations


Flags of the Nations - Jim Quisenberry

Jim Quisenberry


Margaret Wong, Dennis Kucinich and Ray Saikus

Margaret Wong, Dennis Kucinich and Ray Saikus




One World Day 2009 Musical Performances

One World Day 2009 Parade of Nations

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