Depositing of soil from Croatia and Albania
65th Annual One World Day Cleveland Cultural Gardens August 26, 2012
The first official event of One World Day 2012 was the depositing of soil from Croatia and Albania (the 2 newest Gardens) in the Urn of Nations at the American Legion Garden. This ceremony does not take place every year, only when new gardens are built.
American Legion Peace Garden statue
The City of Cleveland provided a Police Honor Guard for this event.
Cleveland Police Honor Guard
Bagpiper Bruce Grieg led dignitaries and members of the Cleveland Croatian and Albanian communities into the American Legion Peace Garden to begin the soil ceremony to mix soil from Croatia and Albania in the crypt with soil from other nations in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
Bruce Grieg pipes the crowd to the American Legion Peace Garden
Sheila Murphy Crawford and Jeff Johnson march in
Anila Nicklos of the Albanian Garden marches in
Harry Davis served as MC of the ceremony.
Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson welcomed the crowd to the soil ceremony
Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson
Andrew Gerace of Hawken School told about the history of the soil ceremony which began in 1939 to intermingle soil in the American Legion Peace Garden of all the nations who had gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
Andrew Gerace of Hawken School
Sheila Murphy Crawford, President of the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation, explained the soil ceremony.
Sheila Murphy Crawford
Croatian Cultural Garden representative Branka Malinar introduced Julia Kucmanic from the Cleveland Junior Tamburitzans who sang the US and Croatian National Anthems.
Julia Kucmanic led the US and Croatian National Anthems
Kathy Kuhar read, in Croatian, the poem 'Zemlja moga srca' and then Croatian Cultural Garden representative Branka Malinar read it (Land of my heart) in English
Tony, a student at the Cleveland Croatian School, read a poem 'Homeland I love you' in Croatian.
Tony from Cleveland Croatian School
Sheila Murphy Crawford opened the soil crypt and Mila Mandic from the Cleveland Croatian community deposited soil from Croatia to mix with soil of other nations at the Soil Ceremony in the American Legion Peace Garden in Cleveland.
Crypt of soil in Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Mila Mandic deposited soil from Croatia
Anila Nicklos from the Cleveland Albanian community spoke about the new Albanian Cultural Garden and the dedication to and statue of Mother Teresa.
Soil from Albania was then deposited in the crypt and mixed with soil of other nations at the Soil Ceremony in the American Legion Peace Garden.
Soil from Albania deposited in the crypt
Fran and Paul Burik at the Soil Ceremony
Members of the Cleveland Albanian community
Harry Davis and Sheila Murphy Crawford
Congratulations to Anda Cook, Char Crowley and their committee on a tremendous One World Day. Special thanks to the Irish Cultural Garden for being the 2012 host. One World Day was presented by the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation in partnership with Cleveland Council of World Affairs and ClevelandPeople.Com.