YONKERS, NY — May 26, 2021 — Jordanian-Americans gathered at Yonkers City Hall this pas Saturday to celebrate Jordan’s 75th Independence Day. The ceremony was organized by community members and was Chaired by State Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, the first Jordanian-American elected to the New York State Legislature.
The event began with the playing of the National Anthems of the United States and Jordan and God Bless America was performed by Yonkers Police Department Captain Patrick McCormack, a piper with the Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester. Assemblyman Nader Sayegh then called for a minute of silence to remember all who have been harmed in conflicts all across the world. Sayegh then called on all Americans to come together.
“We are a people that have more commonality than whatever divides us,” said Sayegh. “Today is a day of unity and respect for each other’s integrity and respect for the differences we have and to stand together in solidarity against any form of hate or discrimination, which has no place in our city and our nation.”
Representing Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States Dina Kawar, Senior Diplomat Mr. Mohammad al-Hassan said, “Jordan’s unique relationship with the United States has surpassed 7 decades and remains as strong as ever. The gathering today is testament to the strength and resilience of this strategic partnership and friendship.”
The President of the Washington D.C. based Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee Samar Khalaf spoke of challenges facing the Arab-American Community. “The best way to combat stereotypes about Arab-Americans is on a one-to-one basis, neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend,” said Khalaf. He added that events like the Jordanian flag raising celebrate our heritage and history and demonstrate our pride in being Americans.
Assemblyman Sayegh was joined by New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins in presenting Senior Diplomat Mr. Mohammad al-Hassan with a New York State Proclamation commemorating Jordan’s 75th Independence Day.
The ceremony concluded with the raising of the Jordanian Flag at Yonkers City Hall’s Memorial Fountain.
Assemblymember Nader Sayegh (AD-90) serves on the following Assembly Committees:
Education, Health, Racing and Wagering, Cities, Real Property Taxation, Banks, Member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Caucus, and Chair of the Assembly Education Subcommittee of Students with Special Needs
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SOURCE: Assemblymember Nader Sayegh | Assembly District 90 | Communications Director Kerry Donovan