PA Leaders Celebrate 175th Anniversary of the Dominican Republic Independence

NDAC National Vice President and President of the Dominican Association of Pennsylvania Delfin Vasquez and PA State Representative Danilo Burgos flanked by leaders from across the State of Pennsylvania at PA Capitol.

Washington, DC (February 22, 2019).—Mr. Delfin Vasquez, President of the Dominican Association of Pennsylvania, and Vice President of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC), spearheaded a historic commemorative event to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic.

Upon his invitation, a delegation of leaders from across the State of Pennsylvania joined in comradery on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11 am at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. Mr. Danilo Burgos, the first Dominican American elected to public office in the history of Pennsylvania as PA State Representative, co-hosted the event and an opening reception in the East Wing of the PA Capitol to welcome the delegation.

Engulfed with pride and emotions, Mr. Delfin Vasquez followed his heart to deliver a patriotic message:

“On behalf of the Dominican Association of Pennsylvania, I would like to thank each one of you for your solidarity in joining us to celebrate the 175 Anniversary of our beloved country. People who forget their history are doomed to repeat it. Y como dijo una vez aquel poeta español llamado Jorge Agustin Nicolas Ruiz de Santayana: “Los pueblos que olvidan su historia estan condenados a repetirla.” Nuestro pais esta viviendo momentos dificiles. Nunca deberiamos claudicar ante los retos que tenemos por delante. El celebrar un aniversario mas de nuestra independencia ganada con sangre y mucho sacrificio, nos permite recordar el significado de aquel 27 de Febrero del 1844 cuando se lanzó el trabucazo para declarar nuestra independencia. Ese fue un acontecimiento transcendental en nuestra historia que nunca jamas deberiamos olvidar. En honor a nuestros heroes y mártires; en honor a los Padres de la Patria Dominicana, en honor al pujante pueblo dominicano en el pais y diseminado en su diaspora a traves del mundo, en honor a nuestros jóvenes que deben ser instruidos sobre nuestros valores patrios, en honor a la presente y futuras generaciones de domincianos, celebremos juntos y cada año, el aniversario de nuestra amada patria. Que Viva la República Dominicana!”

State Representative Burgos delivered the keynote address in the PA Capitol Rotunda. He conveyed sincere greetings and paid respect to those leaders who sacrificed their lives to found the Dominican Republic in 1844.

The list of leaders who attended the celebration included Allentown councilmembers Julio Guridy and Cynthia Mota, Fermin Diaz, Cesar Franklin Liriano, Gabrielina Lopez, Isa Pereyra, Nicarol Soto, Dolores Minaya, Pedro Rodriguez, Gino Hernandez and Manuel Marte from the National Dominican American Council, Patricia Vasquez, who represents the Dominican American Roundtable in PA, Lisa Pereira represented Allentown as president of ACUA, Asociacion Cultural Dominicana Unidos de America, and several other individuals from across the state.

Victor Perez represented Casa Dominicana of Hazleton, Domingo Parra represented Asociacion Dominicana of Lancaster, Rafael Marte represented the National Dominican American Council in Philadelphia and also Casa Dominicana of Philadelphia, and Hector Rodriguez and Cesar Liriano represented Asociacion Dominicana of Lebanon.

The program closed with a message by Mr. Norman Bristol, a leader dedicated to community empowerment: “When we unite in solidarity our collective empowerment strengthens in our community. It was an honor to join the Dominican leadership of Pennsylvania to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Independence of the Dominican Republic, our sister nation in American Caribbean.”

This celebration is very significant and historic, as it was the first time Dominican-American leaders representing diverse community-based organizations from across the state of Pennsylvania joined in unity to celebrate their home country’s independence at the PA State Capitol in Harrisburg.


ABOUT NDAC

El Concilio Nacional Dominico-Americano (NDAC) es un órgano de apoderamiento y participación cívica fungiendo en los Estados Unidos en trabajo mancomunado con entidades y dirigentes que abogan por apoderamiento cívico. NDAC, dirigido por una junta nacional de directores presidida por un Chairman, está compuesto por concilios locales y regionales establecidos con la función de abogar por el avance socioeconómico y político de los dominicanos en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios, incluyendo Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes Americanas.

The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) is a 501(c) (4) civic-community-engagement and public relations entity composed of local and regional member councils in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with the role of setting the national agenda and working jointly with entities and leaders advocating for socio-economic and political enfranchisement in areas concerning education, economic development, health, immigration and community empowerment.