Many of the attendees had just arrived from the miseries of Syria, and there were numerous others from South Sudan, Eritrea, Pakistan, and other nations in distress.
A particularly moving and joyous moment was a rousing spontaneous dance by a large group of newly-arrived Syrian men.
May they all be safe here, and become productive citizens, woven peacefully into the fabric of our diverse and inclusive nation.
Many thanks to Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, Sara Zullo, and the hardworking creative staff at ECDC for their good work and kind hearts.
Photography by Lloyd Wolf.
|Arlington County Board chairperson, Libby Garvey|
|Ahn Phan of Senator Mark Warner's office reading a proclamation of welcome.|