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San Jose and environs colorfully Celebrated Eritrean Independence Day

Meb Keflezghi attending Eritrean Independence Day celebrations in San Jose

San Jose and environs colorfully Celebrated May 24 

Under the Slogan of “We Toil Today for a Bright Tomorrow!”, Eritreans in San Jose area celebrated their 23rd Independence Day colorfully, with great honor and pride.

The celebration started on Friday, May 23, 2014, in the Eritrean Flag Raising event, in front of San Jose City Hall rotunda, for the first time ever. It is to be remembered that the Mayor of San Jose, the Honorable Chuck Reed and other City Council members signed a proclamation, recognizing May 24 to be Eritrean Independence Day. It was a historical day to see our flag raised high this year, on San Jose City’s flag pole, along with the American flag. Our Flag will continue to wave throughout next week, until May 30, 2014. The holiday was memorable in a lot of ways.

Guest of Honor, Councilmember Sam Liccardo, who sponsored the flag raising event, who is also running for San Jose’s Mayoral election, this year, joined the celebration to make a memorable speech about Eritrea and its people.

Another Guest of Honor was this year’s Boston Marathon winner, Mebrahtom (Meb) Kiflezighi. His presence added colors to the celebration event. Graduates of “Class of 2014” were honored “Certificate Awards” by Meb Kiflezighi in coordination of Eritrean Community Cultural & Development Center and Holiday Coordinating Committee.

In this national Independence event, participants also enjoyed the young Eritrean American’s Tigrigna language skills. These young Eritrean children continue to learn history and language in Adal School, run by YPFDJ San Jose’s Chapter.

The Independence celebration concluded about 1:00 AM, with warm feeling & passion, looking forward to Eritrea’s achievements.

Eternal Glory to our Martyrs!
Honor to our Eritrean Defense Forces!
Wetru Awet n’Hafash!

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San Jose, California

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  1. Job well done San Jose with the flag raising ceremony at City Hall. The Eritrean flag needs to go up on Eritrea's birthday in every city in the world where there is a sizable Eritrean community.

    Every city needs to follow San Jose's and Toronto's example!

    ዘልኣለማዊ ዝኽሪን ክብሪን ንሰማእታትና!
    ወትሩ ዓወት ንሓፋሽ!

  2. ሃገረ ኤርትራ دولة إرترياMay 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    ኣንበልብሊ ባንዴራና ኣንበልብሊ!

    ኤርትራ ኤርትራ ኤርትራ፡
    በዓል ደማ እናልቀሰ ተደምሲሱ፡
    መስዋእታ ብሓርነት ተደቢሱ።

    መዋእል ነኺሳ ኣብ ዕላማ፡
    ትእምርቲ ጽንዓት ኰይኑ ስማ፡
    ኤርትራ'ዛ ሓበን ዉጹዓት፡
    ኣመስኪራ ሓቂ ክምትዕወት።

    ኤርትራ ኤርትራ፡
    ኣብ ዓለም ጨቢጣቶ ግቡእ ክብራ።

    ናጽነት ዘምጽኦ ልዑል ኒሕ፡
    ንህንጻ ንልምዓት ክንሰርሕ፡
    ስልጣነ ከነልብሳ ግርማ፡
    ሕድሪ'ለና ግምጃ ክንስልማ።

    ኤርትራ ኤርትራ፡
    ኣብ ዓለም ጨቢጣቶ ግቡእ ክብራ።

  3. Highlights of 23rd Independence Day of Eritrea
    Celebration party in Toronto 2014

  4. 23rd Eritrean Independence London 2014

  5. A very welcome development/ from the Gov. of USA

    Eritrean National Day

    Press Statement

    John Kerry
    Secretary of State

    Washington, DC

    May 27, 2014

    On behalf of the American people, I welcome the opportunity to send my warmest wishes to the people of Eritrea on the 23rd anniversary of your independence which took place May 24. Know that the government and people of the United States stand beside you in your continued search for the promise of a free, prosperous, and democratic Eritrea.

  6. He is such a liar! Liar Liar your pants are on fire.
    Is this the same John Kerry that though Meb was Kenyan?
    But it is a good start. US-ERitrean relations do need to improve. May be this is the beginning. I am hopeful.

  7. That song was written by an Eritrean confident,optimistic Tegadalai martyr who, by his own sacrifice, envisioned better life for Eritreans. That confidence, optimism, sacrifice for the good for all Eritreans was not his exclusive dream in the wilderness but an encapsulated conviction of all of his compatriots in their tens of thousands, The Mighty EPLFs.
    Yes, that unity of vision, that shared conviction, that unparalleled patriotism and sacrifice had met its desire end, the Independence of our country, twenty three years ago. Unfortunately however, no sooner did it transpire than the wolf in sheep's skin, the unscrupulous Isaias Afewerqi, hijacked it and exposed the people into unnecessary and illegal war as a means of realizing his hidden dream, Abai Tigrai.

  8. ሃገረ ኤርትራ دولة إرترياMay 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Agame Lemani! Go away!

  9. I am afraid not quite sure? May sound just that, but known them for so long that, what they say and what they do is two very different things!
    Few empty nice words v.v. successive policy of implicit / explicit treats and discriminatory actions against Eritrea and its people has been the hole mark of successive US administration!
    Long live an Independent Eritrea!


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