20, 2009, Washington D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi
released the following statement in commemoration of the Persian New Year:
As Speaker of the House, and the Representative from California's 8th Congressional District in San Francisco, I am proud to have a diverse constituency, including a vibrant Iranian-American community that represents the beauty and strength of our country.
Nowruz, meaning new day, is a celebration of the first day of spring. This day is celebrated by millions who trace their heritage to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan and other countries, and symbolizes renewal, life and new beginnings. The 111th Congress is also about new beginnings. Our country has a new President and a new outlook. Just as Iranian-Americans set Haft Seen tables which symbolize health, happiness and prosperity Congress continues to work hard to pass legislation that espouses these same values.
There is a unique bond that grows out of the fundamental values we share. Our nation's growing Iranian-American population has not only contributed to our cultural diversity, but has also strengthened our economy. Iranian-Americans continue to contribute to all aspects of our society, from business to government to nonprofit and cultural organizations. That bond forms the foundation of our efforts for peace, democracy and human freedom.
President Obama's outreach to the
people of Iran marks a new beginning on the first day of this new season. We
must all work together to define our relationship not by differences, as the
President has said, but by what we share in common.
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