Consulate General of Lebanon in Detroit and the Midwest has celebrated planting a Cedar Tree in the City of Dearborn.
The event was attended by some distinguished Dignitaries, Elected Officials, Judges, Representatives of Lebanese, Arab and American Institutions in addition to members of Lebanese Community and Friends of Lebanon.
The Ceremony started with the speech of Chief Ronald Haddad, followed by City Council President Suzan Dabaja and Judge Sam Salamey. They commended the initiative of the Consulate General to plant the symbolic Cedar Tree in the heart of Dearborn, the bastion of Arab American Community, where it will remind the next generations of their heritage and cultural identity.
The event was concluded with a speech delivered by Consul General Suzan Mouzi Yassine who shed light on the significance of Cedar Tree in the Lebanese culture, where it marks the flag and serves as a sign of Lebanon’s perseverance and determination, and as an emblem of openness and building bridges among nations. Its sturdy and durable wood was once used in trade and enhancing relations between our ancestors the Phoenicians and the rest of the world.
HE Consul General also said that the Lebanese Emigrants do resemble this tree, their roots were plucked from the hills of Lebanon, yet they are deeply and fruitfully rooted here, they have nurtured the land onto which they’ve settled.
Mrs Yassine wished that, with the planting of the tree, the Lebanese Americans would recall their heritage with pride and would cherish the strength of Lebanese- American bonds.
Finally, the Consul General presented thanks to the City Council and everyone involved in this initiative.
Earlier today, The Consulate has arranged a Cedar Tree planting ceremony in the City of Birmingham,
and the initiative will be concluded next week with the planting of another tree at Oakland University.