Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Westport will welcome United Nations guests Saturday for its 48th annual jUNe Day marking the anniversary of the 1945 signing of the U.N Charter founding the world body.
Flags of the U.N. member nations will again fly from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Patricia O’Brien, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, and U.N. Under-Secretary General Joseph Verner Reed are scheduled to speak at the opening ceremony at 10:15 a.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and U.N. Association of Southwestern Connecticut President Bill Hass are also scheduled to welcome guests, and jUNe Day Chairperson Michaela Maccoll will outline the day’s activities.
They include a variety of sporting and recreational events, including: a soccer match between the U.N. team and the Westport Knights; a tennis tournament and a day of golf at the Longshore Golf Course; and tours of historic Westport, as well Earthplace. Event planners note that a visit to the WakemanTown Farm will also be included, and that guests will also have free access to the Compo Beach and town pools at Longshore Park.
The late Ruth Steinkraus Cohen, founder of the U.N. Association of Southwestern Connecticut and International Visitors Committee of Connecticut, established jUNe day in 1965 in observance of the signing of the U.N. charter on June 26, 1945.
Over the years, Steinkraus-Cohen stressed that the day’s main purpose is to promote world peace and international understanding through friendly interaction between U.N. visitors and their hosts.
On Saturday, the flags of many of the 193 U.N. member countries will fly on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, the Post Road bridge in the town’s center named in her honor.
Event planners noted that U.N. Under-Secretary O’Brien, this year’s guest of honor, has extensive experience in legal and international affairs, having served as legal adviser to the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland since 2003.
She has advised on legal issues arising in Irish foreign policy, in particular public international law, human rights law and European Union law.
Hass said that area residents are welcome to assist in set-up, food-preparation, decorations, clean up, as tour guides, and that photographers are needed at all venues.
To volunteer or for further information, contact Hass at (203) 434-6609 or Michaela MacColl at (203) 227-9461.
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