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Seattle Mayor Declares May 24 as a day of celebration

Seattle Mayor declares May 24 as a day of celebration in honor of Eritrean independence day

May 9, 2012 (ASMARA) — 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 celebrations in Seattle will begin with the park festivities at Volunteer Park on May 26, while the party will be held at the Jumbo Hall on Rainier Ave S on May 27.

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.

                                              Mike McGinn

Patriotic Eritreans Photo: Mehary Tesfagiorgis

Seattle Mayor  honors Eritrean independence day

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  1. I can not accurately express the positive emotions I felt after reading this! God bless Mayor Mike McGinn and I hope Eritreans in Seattle give this man their full support.

  2. Oh Wow I Have To Tell The Mayor Here To Say The Same Thing

  3. Our Seattle Community is really lucky to have young people that are engaged in civic duty and we would like to thank the people that worked really hard to make this happen, specifically Rahwa Ogbe Habte & Senait Ogbe Habte and Mehret Tekle! Thank you for putting Eritrea on the map! We will be officially commemorating this occasion at Volunteer Park on May 26th, 2012!

    Eritrean National Holiday Committee

  4. This is another good news for Eritreans throughout North America. This should be the moment for other Eritreans residing in other cities to do the same. Such as Falstaff VA, and Arlington VA, as well as DC.

  5. Seattle got the coolest mayor.

  6. such a wonderfull understanding need to be aappreciated highly

  7. To admin:

    Please can you delete comments "Anonymous
    May 9, 2012 7:08 PM" and "Anonymous
    May 10, 2012 5:01 PM" finally please block there IP address thanks.

  8. oh, WOW! it just shows how understanding and respectfull of others culture and heritage he rally is! what an awesome and cool mayor.GOD BLESS HIM!

  9. this man should get an invitation from preident isayas afewerki to celebrate that day with 5 mil PROUD and GREATFULL ERITREANS IN ASMARA.

  10. Admin:

    Please can you delete "Anonymous May 15, 2012 10:00 AM" and finally can delete his/her IP address permanently.

  11. I sent the admin a message via his email to delete his comments too, and he explained to me that the person making all these negative and unwarranted comments is coming from an IP address in Colorado. He said nearly all the nasty comments being posted on madote are coming from him. Anyone who has visited or lived in Denver, Colorado knows the majority of the horn of African community there are Tigray people.

  12. "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 the Eritrean Independence Day and called on Seatle citizens of all background to join in on the festivities". This is the most humbling thing I've ever read. Who thought this would happend????... I feel great HONOR and gratitude for him!


  14. Admin:

    Can you please block IP for (Anonymous May 15, 2012 10:11 AM) and (Anonymous May 11, 2012 6:15 AM). These two people or one person is against the freedom of expression, this kind of mind needs to be descouraged.

  15. I'm glad that other countries understand the pain Eritrea went through in the past and I just want to wish ERITREA's people a VERY HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY plus long live Mayor MIKE MCGINN

  16. Congrats to the Eritrean community of Seattle. Your dedication to your nation is fruitfull. Eritreans struggle has been passed down to our generation; not that of war, but the struggle to maintain our dignity and identity. That is our pride. We owe it to our fallen heroes- may they rest in peace.
    To share our culture, our practice with residents of Seattle is an honor.
    I thank mayor McGinn for taking a step and recognizing Eritrean contributions in America. Further, for taking a step to stand up for what is right when many politicians in America (and worldwide for that matter)turn their backs on us. Eritrea has found an ally and mayor McGinn has the full support of the Eritrean community not only in Seattle, but nationwide. I wish the mayor luck in all his endeavors; he will always get the support of the Eritrean community. God Bless mayor McGinn and his family. You are awesome!! Long Live Eritrea!!

  17. This is the sweetest thing he could do for the eri community here in Seattle!!!!


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