Ambassador Anne Patterson Celebrates U.S. Flag Day in Alexandria
June 14, 2012
“The American people look forward to welcoming the people of Egypt to the community of democratic nations,” Ambassador Patterson remarked. “And I look forward to working with your new government to support a stable, democratic and prosperous Egypt.” The Ambassador went on to outline some of the projects that the U.S. Government is supporting in Alexandria, including training youth in the garment and food export industries, helping small farmers increase their incomes, developing a one-stop business license facility at the Chamber of Commerce, supporting the Alexandria Businessmen’s Association’s micro-enterprise lending fund, giving entrepreneurs the boost they need to create jobs and offering scholarships.
Director of the American Center Alexandria Candace Putnam hosted the Flag Day reception, where she also inaugurated the “Freedom” Photography Exhibition. The exhibition features a collection of photographs by 25 young artists in Alexandria who have interpreted what freedom means to them through the lens of a camera. It will be on display at the American Center Alexandria Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm until August 23.
U.S. Flag Day, occurring annually on June 14, marks the day that the U.S. flag was adopted by Second Continental Congress in 1777, one year after the founding of the United States of America. It was first declared a day of recognition by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 to honor the U.S. flag as symbol of all of American values and beliefs.