Ethiopian-Americans in metropolitan Omaha NE celebrated Memorial Day at Elm Wood Park, with recognition of the legacy of Ethiopian and American veterans who served America and their native Ethiopia.
During the celebration, the community and spiritual leaders motivated the participants to remember their nation Ethiopia and their new home, USA, who both contributed to peace in the world by sending troops during World War II, UN peace missions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Korea, Rwanda and Somalia.
A message was sent by General Taye Tilahun, 4th Ethiopian Air Force commander and the story of another Ethiopian veteran, General Demissie Bulto was also read to the gathering.
Laura Thomas, a community activist from Omaha, a grand daughter of one of the veterans gave a lesson on the meaning of Memorial Day .
She talked with admiration of ancient Ethiopian cities and churches she visited, and the the food and the culture of the country.
The two church leaders from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church presented a historical message and advice for the community based on the history of Ethiopia from the time of Queen of Sheba and reminded the young generation to keep up that great heritage for caring each themselves and others.