Dallas Honors Ethiopian Patriots – Organizing Committee
On the weekend of October 10th and 11th, 2009, Dallas was lucky to host Brigadier General Tesfaye H/Marian and Brigadier General Kassaye Chemada of the Ethiopian army as guests of honor. (more…)
On the weekend of October 10th and 11th, 2009, Dallas was lucky to host Brigadier General Tesfaye H/Marian and Brigadier General Kassaye Chemada of the Ethiopian army as guests of honor. Ethiopians in Dallas comprising of former members of the armed forces and others received the guests at DFW airport on Saturday. The guests were given a tour of the city of Dallas followed by a dinner party at night. For those of us who were not members of the army, it was a pleasant informal lesson on the nature of the Ethiopian armed forces to hear former fellow soldiers reminisce about their school, training and of course line of duty days in light-spirited way. At one time, the mood of the dinner turned highly emotional when the two Generals start telling the daughter of an officer who was in our midst about how her father killed himself in order to avoid surrendering to the enemy.
On Sunday, the main event was focused on the Public Meeting that was held at the Quality Inn on 635 and Coit Road. Following a welcoming speech to the attendees of the meeting by the chairman, a 15 minutes video clip was shown on the Eastern Battle Front involving Brigadier General Kassaye and his troops back in 1977. After the video, General Tesfaye gave the audience a brief but a truly eye opener history of the Ethiopian army from the times of the Emperor to present. General Kasasaye then followed the speech by highlighting how and why he joined the Ethiopian army at an early age. He emphasized that he still is imbued with pride to put everything he has for his country and people. His words about honor and selfless service to country still echoes in those of us who were in the meeting.
The highlight of meeting was a telephone address to the audience by Milita Ali Bukre directly from Ethiopian. The audience heard the pride of a private soldier who gallantly fought for his country but ended up being a daily-laborer. You will not hear a hint of regret and or bitterness from such a person. The audience was interrupting his speech with applaud repeatedly as he spoke effusively about service to a country without expecting anything in return. The meeting ended with a fund raising and an award ceremony to our heroes.
What is so delightful about the occasion was the awareness gained by all of us who participated in the meeting about the depth of knowledge and value system of the two generals not only in the area of their profession but in other areas concerning country and people. For some of the participants who have no previous contact with such people, it was very heartening to know that our country, despite its present problems have so many such people in reserve.
The slogan of the day was: “We can’t create future heroes without recognizing the heroic deeds of the past”.