Saturday, November 25, 2006

Celebrating our differences

USPS NewsLink reported earlier this week that, "In a time when politics, war and cultural differences tend to divide nations rather than promote international tolerance and diversity, one California Postmaster prefers to celebrate our differences."

Fresno Postmaster Ramona Frankfort celebrated this year’s holiday stamps by inviting the diverse elements of her community to attend a special dedication event.

Shown in the USPS photo above is Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, (left), Director of the Fresno Islamic Cultural Center, Postmaster Frankfort (center) and Community Relations Coordinator Ben Romero (right)

“The concept was to gather members of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds in one common ceremony,” Frankfort said.

The event was held at the Islamic Cultural Center in Fresno. A captain from the city’s fire department opened the ceremony, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Representatives from Fresno’s Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Afro-American communities spoke to an audience of 250.

Afterwards, there was a reception and refreshments.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM