On June 7th, 2003 Mary Bazargan, Member at Large of the Committee
of Ethnic Affairs for the Offices of the County Executive of
Montgomery County, Maryland, opened the Persian Spring
Festival with the following words:
foremost, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your
presence here tonight.
celebration of the Iranian-American community in today's diverse
society, we are proudly boasting some of our cultural highlights in
the Persian Art tonight.
of you from other cultural backgrounds, you know the importance and
efforts employed to resonate our community and ethnic groups.
also comprehend the existence of cultural voids in our daily
agendas. Some examples for the Persians:
¤Accessible Persian books and libraries
¤Our daily news
¤And most important, our social gatherings in the U.S.
sublime as this may be in our busy daily lives, it remains a
subconscious void that we may not necessarily voice.
is to fill these voids for the Iranian-Americans, so that they will
preserve and maintain our culture and the importance of our
ethnicity for our youths and their future.
pursuit of such contributions, our cultural and ethnic preservation,
I invite everyone to become involved in working together as
volunteers for the Iranian-American Community.