On July 4, the Amerian Friendship Club hosted a large-scale reception, devoted to the occasion of the 243th Independence Day of the USA.
The celebration brought together the representatives of the public and private sectors, politicians, diplomatic corps, civil society, as well as media.
All the guests were welcomed by the official delegation of the USA, led by Elizabeth Rood Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy.
The year of 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon-landing. Due to this reason the official ceremony was opened with the Georgian folk song Chakrulo, performed by the Rustavi Ensemble, which was sent in space in 1977. Chakrulo was followed by the playing of the Georgian and US national anthems.
Chargé d'Affaires, Elizabeth Rood delivered the welcoming speech, which she started with appeal to join her in the minute of silence to recognize the loss of the Smith family, who were killed in Georgia a year ago.
She also accentuated on the significance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when a man stepped on the moon for the first time, saying:
“This anniversary reminds us of the incredible things that nations can do when they are free and democratic and work together.”