Ethiopia Flag Day in San Jose

September 7, 2012

Ethiopian-Americans Celebrate a New Year by Honoring a Flag and a Heritage

San Jose, California – To honor the heritage of the Ethiopian-American community of San Jose and to extendThe Eighth Annual Ceremonial Ethiopian Flag Raising thanks to three organizations who have served that community, The Eighth Annual Ceremonial Ethiopian Flag Raising will be held at San Jose New City Hall on Monday, September 10th 2012, at 11:45 AM, 200 East Santa Clara Street. The flag raising coincides with the beginning of a week-long celebration of the traditional Ethiopian New Year.

Two Community Groups, FM Station to be Honored

Honored guests at the flag raising ceremony will include:

  • Clergy and staff of the Mekane Rama St. Gabriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church for its service to the San Jose Ethiopian community. The church was established in 1986.
  • Since 2002, the Ethiopian Muslim Association of the Bay Area for its service to the young especially for its efforts to keep the mother tongue alive for youth and marriage counseling and for other services for the greater Bay Area Ethiopian community.
  • KSJS 90.5 FM. Every Sunday since 1997 the radio station has aired a one-hour show, Radio Ethiopia, Radio Ethiopia provides information (the American way of life for the new immigrants), entertainment, examine and inform on the ongoing political, economic and social-cultural conditions to the greater Bay Area Ethiopian and Ethiopian Americans communities.

City Dignitaries to Attend

The San Jose City Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and City Council Members will be in attendance. The EAC and the Ethiopian-Americans Celebrate a New YearEthiopian-American community at large are extremely appreciative of the time and the energy that city officials have devoted to this annual event. The EAC especially wants to thank the citizens of San Jose for their recognition of the diversity that has made this country so great. EAC encourages other Ethiopian-Americans who are living in different states or regions to do the same in their cities.

Culture and Community Contributions Acknowledged

San Jose is the only city in the U.S. to have established this annual acknowledgment of the heritage and history of Ethiopian-Americans. When the Ethiopian flag was first flown over New City Hall in 2005, it was an historical event in that no other foreign flag had been so honored in the history of the city. This special civic ceremony is a salute to the Ethiopian flag and a commemoration of the Mekane Rama St. Gabriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, the Ethiopian Muslim Association, and KSJS 90.5 FM for their contributions to the community.

Nation of Immigrants Includes Ethiopians As with any immigrant population – Irish, Germans, Italians, Poles, to name a few – in this nation of immigrants, Ethiopian-Americans cherish their lives in the United States of America. Though they are thankful for the peace and prosperity that comes with living in America, they also cherish the remembrance of their lives in Ethiopia, of their families and friends who remain in that ancient land.

Ethiopian Flag Heritage

EAC encourages all members of the Ethiopian community and their friends who are living in the Bay Area to wear green, yellow, and red (Ethiopian flag colors) and celebrate with the EAC and civic leaders at the flag raising ceremony and the following festivities. The Ethiopian flag has never flown under the flag of a conquering colonial power, so it is a symbol of pride to Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans, and a symbol of hope for other African nations.

May God bless the United States of America!

The Ethiopian American Council (EAC) The Ethiopian American Council is a grassroots policy advocacy organization

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