A Daughter Of An Ethiopian Colonel Who Died Fighting A Brutal Military Government Honors African American And Ethiopian Veterans In Commemoration Of Miazia 27 ( Cinco De Mayo )
Falls Church, Virginia ( Little Ethiopia )-The patriotic and resilient people of Ethiopia played great roles in helping the flames of " freedom" burn in continental Africa after the plot of the Berlin Conference in 1884-85 where 15 European imperialists decided to completely scramble Africa. Ethiopia with the grace of God averted the plot by decisively defeating an Italian Military power that came to colonize Ethiopia in 1896 under the leadership of Emperor Menelik II and his wife Empress Tahitu Butul who both entered combat at the Battle of Adwa.The empress had her own battalion fighting the Italians side by side with her husband.
The Italians under the leadership of the brutal fascist regime of Benito Mussolin invaded Ethiopia on October 3, 1935 to avenge its loss 40 years prior and also to colonize Ethiopia. The effort by Emperor Haile Selassie's Army to resist the advancing military power under Generals Rodolfo Graziani and Pietro Badoglio was not successful because the Italians used chemical warfare against the Ethiopians at the " Battle of Maichew " that overwhelmed the Emperor's army. The crown council of Ethiopia made a decision that the Emperor leave combat and look for military help from the League of Nations where Ethiopia was a member nation . The emperor didn't get the help he expected and was exiled in England for 5 years in the Italo-Abyssinian War of 1935-41. Abyssinia is the ancient name of Ethiopia..
On May 5, 1941 ( Miazia 27 ) the Emperor returned triumphantly to his throne in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia and the sister city of Washington D.C. to become an international celebrity whose prophetic statement " It Is Us Today and You Tomorrow " he made at the League of Nations is quoted by world leaders and institutions, The emperor made six state visits, to the United States, received the key to the District of Columbia and was bestowed upon an honorary Doctorate Degree from the historical black University of Howard in his first state visit in 1954 with President Dwight Eisenhower.
This years honoree to place a wreath infront of the African American Civil War memorial to commemorate Maiazia 27 is Mrs. Mulumebet Wolde of Lorton, Virginia. She was born and raised in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and the daughter of an Ethiopian hero, Colonel Wolde Belihu who died with two Ethiopian heroes Lij Mesfin and Lij Merrid Biru ( the children of Ras Biru ) fighting the brutal regime of Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1978. Wolde who joined the Ethiopian Insurance Corporation (EIC) after high school worked at different positions while at the same time attending college. EIC was the only insurance company in Ethiopia at that time and four years after the death of her father in 1982, she graduated from Addis Ababa University with bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations. In 1986 she completed an Associate program from Chartered Insurance Institute of London and was awarded a diploma with the title “ACII”. She was promoted to be the Department Head of Marine and Aviation Department of Ethiopian Insurance Corporation mainly dealing with insurance/reinsurance of aircrafts and all import/export insurance activities in the country.
In 1989 Wolde came to the United States and settled in the Washington DC metro area and in 1991 she joined The Legal Services Corporation (LSC), federally funded non-profit organization and the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low income Americans in the nation, as Assistant to Manger of Grants Division. Then, from January 1997 to April 1998, she served as Program Analyst being mainly involved with reviewing/ investigating complaints and inquiries, collection and compilation of data and report generation. She also served as Information Analyst in the LSC Office of Information Management, analyzing data and preparing reports for use by management, staff, Congress and other interested parties.
She is the President of the 1700 member organization of " All For One Association " since 2015. She is primarily handling the business of the nonprofit created to assist members to cover their final expenses. She is the founder of the association and dedicates all her time and expertise leading the association to endless future.
THE 13TH. WREATH LAYING CEREMONY
If You Go :
On Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00
1925 Vermont Avenue N.W., Washington D.C. 20011
( Right infront of the U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro Station )