Americans and Ethiopians together honor Ethiopian and African-American veterans who fought for freedom in the ” American Civil War ” and the Ethiopian Wars of ” Adwa ” and ” Miazia 27 “
Washington, D.C. (Little Ethiopia)-The United States of America celebrates its independence from Great Britain every year on the 4th of July to mark the anniversary of the publication of the Declarations of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. On the patriotic holiday, Americans worldwide proudly display American flags outside their homes and in front of office buildings. Beginning from May 2011, Little Ethiopia DC held annual commemorative wreath laying ceremonies honoring two great African freedom fighters from the Diaspora and continental Africa.
The annual replaying events held on the 1st week of May marked the triumphant return of Emperor Haile Selassie I from his exile in Britain on May 5, 1941. The Miazia 27 Pan-African Celebration of the victory against Italy of its the 2nd futile attempt to colonize Ethiopia. The Emperor with the support of the patriotic and the resilient people of Ethiopia drove out the fascist Italians who occupied the only African nations that has never been colonized by European Imperialists.
The plot hatched at the Berlin Conference of 1884-5 to scramble the whole of Aftica was foiled by Ethiopia in 1896 at the Battle of ” ADWA ” and every year Americans and Ethiopians together honor Ethiopian and African-American veterans who fought for freedom in the ” American Civil War ” and the Ethiopian Wars of ” Adwa ” and the victory of ” Miazia 27. ”
The pictures above showcase the Wreath laying ceremonies of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Little Ethiopia DC has honored few distinguished Americans by giving the opportunity to place wreath in front of the African American Civil War Memorial of DC along with their Ethiopian counter parts . The honorees include honorable Baba Melvin Deal (2012) , Ms Gail Hansberry (2013) , Mr. Eric Lee (2015), Dr.Frank Smith(2016), Mr. Hari Jones ( 2016 ), Professor Theodore Vestal ( 2016 ) and Ms. Kemi Fadojutimi ( 2017)
The Ethiopian honorees were Ms. Almaz Hailu, Megabi Hamsa Aleka Mekonnen Abebe, Ambassador Imiru Zeleke, Dr. Mikael Wossen, Ms. Abonesh Mekonnen, Mr. Fanwell Deressa, Ms. Selamawit Wolde Amanuel, Lij Adan Clanton representing Dejazmatch Fikre Mariam Abatechan and Dr. Hailu Fulas. The Ethiopian presenters are patriots, prisoners of war, descendants of patriots and prisoners of war and also community leaders.
As stated in an article published on Little Ethiopia magazine that from beginning 2016 there will be two wreath-laying ceremonies to commemorate the Battles of Adwa led by Emperor Menelik II and his wife Empress Taytu Butul who had her own battalion at the battle founded the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
The tumultuous return of Emperor Haile Selassie I to his throne on May 5,1941 ( Miazia 27. ) after 5 years of exile in England will celebrated separately.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 4, 2018 and Sunday May 5, 2018 to celebrate Pan-African Victory Celebrations in front of the African-American Civil War Memorial in Washington DC which is a sister city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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