Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Portland declares September 2 to be a remembrance day for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Whereas, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia was born on May 8ll, 1955 as Legesse Zenawi in the town of Adwa; and
Whereas, a wise and selfless man early, at age 19 he gave up his bright future of being a doctor & dropped out of medical  school to join a rebel group in Tigray, to free his fellow Ethiopians from a military junta that hijacked the student revolution of 1974; and
Whereas, as a leader of his party he was elected to three terms as prime minister where he began his unfaltering quest for democracy, economic growth, regional peace & stability; and
Whereas, after being the leader of a rebel group, he became a statesman & a visionary, quickly becoming one of the strongest voices of Africa on the world stage; and
Whereas, he was so determined to lift Ethiopia out of poverty that the youth of Ethiopia are determined to carry the torch forward and lift their country out of economic hardship; and
Whereas, Ethiopians in Portland have honored! His passing with, a celebration of his life under the theme “it is not how long or well you lived that counts, it is how & what you contributed”;
Now therefore, I, Sam Adams, Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon, the “City of Roses,” do hereby proclaim September 2, 2012 to be a day of remembrance for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Portland, and encourage all residents to observe this day.
Sam Adams


Note that Portland is a city located in the US state of Oregon, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. As of the 2010 Census, it had a population of 583,776, making it the 29th most populous city in the United States. Portland is Oregon's most populous city, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest region, after Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Approximately 2,260,000 people live in the Portland metropolitan area (MSA),the 23rd most populous in the United States.
The city has a commission-based government headed by a mayor and four other commissioners; the city and region are noted for strong land-use planning and investment in light rail. Because of its public transportation networks and efficient land-use planning, Portland has been referred to as one of the most environmentally friendly, or "green", cities in the world.
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