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A Look at the 49th June Day in Westport

UN Staffers visit, showcasing unity between communities.

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Westport, CT | Added on June 28, 2014 At 10:36 PM

If you were around Westport today, you might have heard whisperings of other languages.  Today marks the 49th June Day here in the town, giving staff members of the United Nations their annual taste of everything Westport has to offer.

 "People are trying to figure out what to eat and there are so many different languages," said volunteer, William Amon.  

The day starting out with an opening ceremony, here at Saugatuck Elementary school.Breakfast is served as Guests speakers like Johnston Barkat of the United Nations, Selectman Jim Marpe of Westport and Bill Hass - the president of the United National Association of Southwestern Connecticut - welcome almost three hundred staff members and their families.

 "We had a wave of people that we didn't expect to come in, but we prepared and we had enough food.  That's all we wanted to do." continued Amon.  "Being able to provide nice meals and a day off  to people who work hard, it means a lot to me" he said.

This month highlights 69 years since the signing of the U-N Charter, and today the same values of hospitality and respect are on display .

"We are so grateful for the parternship and it's something we look forward to year after year," said Johnston Barkat of the United Nations.

Later, the visitors disperse throughout the town, getting a closer look at Westport.

A mini world cup takes place on this field, while others get on the bus to head for Compo Beach or Longshore Park.

And on their way, they pass by these flags, hanging along the Ruth Steinkrauss Cohen Bridge. Each flag is representative of the 190 members of the United Nations.

 "It's difficult to survive without the support of others and I think what this day embodies is bringing together circles of influences of our lives and circles of communities," said Barkat.

It’s a day filled with fun activites. But, it’s also a day to spotlight community action, showcasing how communities that seem so different on the surface can support each other, becoming stronger together.

And as you take a look across the globe, specifically as the conflicts in Iraq and Syria continue to unfold, it makes the displaying of this unity even more important.  


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