I, Mike McGinn, Mayor of the City of Seattle, Do hereby proclaim May 24, 2012 as ERITREAN INDEPENDENCE DAY and ask residents of all backgrounds to celebrate it accordingly.
Michael McGinn, the Mayor of Seattle, proclaimed his city will officially recognize May 24, 2012, as a day of celebration by all citizens in honor of Eritrean independence day.
Recognizing the significance of May 24 to his Eritrean constituents, the first-term mayor signed legal documents last Monday making May 24 a day of celebration to honor Eritrean independence day and called on Seattle citizens of all background to join in on the festivities.
With slightly over 5,000 Eritreans calling the Emerald city home, Seattle, after Washington, D.C. and Oakland, has the highest number of Eritreans living in the United States.
This year’s Eritrean independence party in Seattle will be held at the Jumbo Hall on Rainier Ave S on May 27, while the park festivities will take place on Volunter Park on May 26.
The following is a copy of Mayor McGinn’s Proclamation.
WHEREAS, on May 24, 1991, Eritreans around the world received the good news that had been decades in the waiting: Eritrea had become an independent nation; and
WHEREAS, Over 20 years later, pride in the Eritrean culture resonates across generations, inspiring even children who have never set foot in Eritrea to share their culture–through dance, poetry, and art–with their communities in the US; and
WHEREAS, Seattle is a community that has become home to many Eritreans whose contributions have inspired a cultural exchange between people of all different backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, Celebrations of Eritrea’s independence will take place all day Saturday May 26, 2012 at Voluneteer Park in Seattle all are welcome to attend;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mike McGinn, Mayor of the City of Seattle,
Do hereby proclaim May 24, 2012 as
ERITREAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
In the City of Seattle, and ask residents of all backgrounds to celebrate accordingly.
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