|Posted by Lebelo Hailesilassie on July 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM|
Yes, "My feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping, but I shall go living". Pablo Neruda
Ethiopian Tigary community in Minnesota mourns the loss of its brave men; late General Seare Mokonnen, late Major General Abera Gezae and late General Aberah Woldemariam AKA Quarter. The first two were shot dead by their own guard in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital city, on June 22nd 2019 and the later passed away due to natural disease a week later in which he was being treated in Malaysia.
A candle light vigil event was hosted to honor our fallen heroes on June 30,2019, collaborating with Tigrau Ethiopian Women association in Minnesota, United Tegaru in North America (UTNA), Minnesota Chapter and Ethiopian Tigray Community in Minnesota (ETCMN).
The event recognized the tremendous achievements and scarifies the fallen heroes contributed to modern Ethiopia for more than 40 years by displaying and narrating their priceless biography and funeral ceremonies in Millennium Addis Ababa by the federal government as well as funeral ceremonies in Mekelle, Tigray where their bodies were laid in peace.
A condolence speech was also made by Ethiopian Community in Minnesota chair man that heightens the loss impacted the whole Ethiopia as a country and wished a strength and condolence to the families of Amahara higher officials who got shot on June 22nd 2019. A representative of UTNA and Tigray Women Association In Minnesota addressed the gathering briefly by conveying their condolences messages to the families of the fallen heroes, Tigray and Ethiopia. Few individuals from the mourning group had also their opportunities to express the grief and sorrow and heighten the unity of Tegaru. A beautiful poem was also read to close out the day, a day that was determined to be difficult and sad because Tigray lost its great men, but it can be also considered one of the greatest day to be alive to remember and honor those irreplaceable men and show our unity and oneness.
ETCMN is probably the first community from al the Ethiopian communities in Minnesota if not in North America to show such respect in such caliper. As much as our feet would want to go where our heroes are sleeping, we shall go living and make sure their legacy is keep going for generations to come. Rest in Peace to those Fallen heroes and Thank you everyone who showed up to the event.