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WE MADE HISTORY – AND WE REMEMBERED

Over 80 Arab American Military Service-Members, Veterans, and their families march to remember those who lost their lives in defense of America.  The first Arab American to die for America was Private Nathan Badeen during America’s revolutionary war on May 23, 1776.

Making history for the Arab American Communities, the first NATIONAL ARAB AMERICAN VETERANS ORGANIZATION to march in a Memorial Day Parade.  They came from California, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, New Mexico, and from all over the State of Michigan to make a statement…..;

WE ARE PROUD ARAB AMERICANS, and we are a part of this great country.  We have sacrificed to keep America FREE!  Pictures speak a thousand words.  Here is what we did:
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Service Members Parade in Dearborn

Over 80 Arab American military service members, veterans, and their families made history Monday, representing the first Arab American veterans organization ever to take part in a Memorial Day parade.  The Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in the Military (APAAM) marched down Michigan Avenue in Dearborn’s holiday parade to honor all war dead, and to draw attention to the patriotism of servicemen and women of Arab American descent.  Ron Amen, facility manager for the Arab American National Museum and a veteran of the Vietnam War, was among the marchers, some of whom came from as far away as New York and California to be a part of this historic event.

US flag To learn about the lives and stories of Arab American veterans, come see the Arab American National Museum’s Living in America exhibit.  Our latest addition includes the story of the serviceman who founded the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in the Military, Gunnery Sgt. Jamal S. Baadani of the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Baadani was 10 when his family came to the U.S. from Yemen; he enlisted at age 17 and went on to a distinguished career, including assignments in translation and security in the Middle East. He founded APAAM in response to the backlash suffered by Arab and Muslim Americans after Sept. 11, 2001. Baadani received the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards in 2002 for his community outreach efforts.

 

 

 

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