Eventos paralelos, Veracruz y Beirut.
Emigrants to Mexico honored - twice
By The Daily Star
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
BEIRUT: Two separate ceremonies were held in
Mexico and Lebanon over the weekend to highlight the contributions
of Lebanese emigrants in the North American country.
In Mexico, a
public monument dedicated to Lebanese emigrants was formally unveiled
on Saturday in the port city of Veracruz, a popular landing point
for Lebanese entering the country. The monument, which was officially
dedicated during a commemorative ceremony, includes a replica
of the bronze statue of the Lebanese Emigrant on Charles Helou
Avenue in Achrafieh, Beirut.
Meanwhile in Lebanon, a similar dedication
ceremony was held at the statue of the Lebanese Emigrant, which faces
the Port of Beirut, a main point of departure for the thousands of
Lebanese who have left the country for Mexico over the past century.
Beirut ceremony was attended by former Minister and Maronite
League leader Michel Edde; the head of the Mexican Lebanese Friendship
Association, Georges Hayak; the Mexican ambassador to Lebanon, Jorge
Alvarez; and the honorary consul of Mexico, Roger Abed. Members
of the Mexican community in Lebanon also participated in the event.
ceremonies highlighted "the contributions of
Lebanese emigrants to Mexico, as well as their deep attachment to
their ancestral roots and land," a statement issued by the Mexican
"Many young Lebanese and Mexican men and women
are thinking of or planning to emigrate to one of the corners of
this world," it said, adding that it is therefore high time to shed
light on the multi-faceted phenomenon of migration.
It said Lebanese
emigrants are an "integral component" of
the population of Mexico, and "are involved in every walk of life
and successful in every profession." - The Daily