March to commemorate the famous Ethiopian battle
March is now recognized as Adwa (äd-wä) Victory Month in Montgomery County, in commemoration of a historical battle of Ethiopian army against Italian forces. County Executive Isiah Leggett signed the Proclamation on Feb. 25.
An influencing factor in Leggett's decision is the sizable Ethiopian population in Montgomery County. Residents of Ethiopian descent are the second largest group of African immigrants in Montgomery County," Leggett stated on the official documentation of the holiday. The holiday pays homage to the influence, contribution and cultural importance of Ethiopia in the local community.
To celebrate the announcement, the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) held a ceremony in Silver Spring Civic Building on Feb. 27 to formally thank and recognize Leggett for his support. "On behalf of EHSNA and those millions Ethiopians who are proud admirers of the Victory of the Battle of Adwa, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the Honorable Isiah Leggett for this historical proclamation he passed," the EHSNA said in a press release. Among those proud is senior Marlina Tadesse. "I think it is important to recognize other cultures and their history in order to educated everyone about world history and unite people," she said. Adwa Victory Month will continue to take place annually every March hereafter.
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