The Liberian Flag Raising at Lowell City Hall is held every August in recognition of the adoption of the Liberian flag. Last year, the Liberian community reached out to the office of Mayor William Samaras about establishing a monument to their community similar to the other monuments in the JFK Plaza and earlier this year, the city council unanimously approved the mayor’s motion. Although the mayor was unable to attend this year’s ceremony, Vice Mayor Vesna Nuon presented a proclamation on behalf of the city and he was joined by School committee candidate Ben Opara in delivering remarks to the local Liberian community.
72 years ago this week, Jawaharlal Nehru the first prime minister of India, proclaimed
“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new . . . India discovers herself again”
On August 10th, the Indian community of Lowell came to Lowell City Hall to raise the Indian flag in honor of Indian Independence Day.
A little rain could not dampen the celebration as the Lao community of Lowell held a dual celebration on Saturday August 3rd, 2019.
First was the annual raising of the Lao Heritage & Freedom flag in front of Lowell City Hall. In 2004 the City Council, at the request of members of the Lao community, adopted the red flag adorned with a three-headed elephant as the official Lao flag recognized by the city. It was the flag flown by the Kingdom of Laos from 1952 until the royal government fell to Communism in 1975.
This year, the Lao community celebrated the 15th anniversary of that designation with another important milestone–the dedication of the Laotion Monument on the grounds of JFK Plaza. The Laotion Monument was approved by the City Council during the first meeting of Mayor William Samaras’s term and after its installation earlier this year was officially dedicated. It is the first monument to be added since the Cambodian monument in 2017, and joins the Greek, Irish, Franco American, Polish, Portuguese, Armenian, Lithuanian, and Italian monuments in the City Hall vicinity.
July 20th was a hot hot day, but that wouldn’t stop the Colombian community of Lowell from celebrating. The Colombian flag raising was extra special this year as the City Council just recently approved a motion to begin the process of installing a Colombian monument in JFK Plaza.
Thank you to Mayor’s Office interns Mohammad Musawer and Sevy Doung for covering the event and taking photos.
Every June 24th, the Franco American Community of Lowell gathers to raise the flag of Quebec at Lowell City Hall.
The Portuguese community held their annual flag raising on June 10th, 2019. During this year’s celebration, Mayor William Samaras acknowledged his former student and the new U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s third district, Congresswoman Lori Trahan, the first Portuguese American woman to serve in the United States Congress.
A few images from the annual Sierra Leone Flag Raising.
On April 27, 1961, Sierra Leone gained its independence from the British Empire. 58 years later, the Sierra Leonean community of Greater Lowell gathered at Lowell City Hall for the annual flag raising celebration.