Celebrate the Fourth of July, the nation’s birthday!

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Thank to Christina Wong, ESM Productions’ Production Coordinator, Leslie Wilson, Welcome America’ Senior Producer for Philly 4th of July Jam and thank to Melanie Johnson from the Mayor’s Office in invited us and introduced us to the Audience…

Quotes from my speech:

As you all know “being an independent country gives us rights, privileges, freedoms and peace. It binds us as a nation and gives us power on the world stage. We all knowing that our forefathers have paved the path for this great nation to be proud in it’s independence.” Unknown Author

“There are no other happiness higher than the happiness of freedom and peace” The Buddha

Here are some of pictures from the event:

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Schedule for the past Monday, July 4, 2011 from Welcome America

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Steps of Independence Hall

6th and Market Streets

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Celebrate our nation’s 235th birthday with a patriotic salute! Music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will pay tribute to the history of our nation. Also, Miss America 2011 will sing one of our country’s famous songs.

Philadelphia Independence Day Parade

Historic Philadelphia

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wawa Welcome America! takes the freedom celebration to the streets of Philadelphia during the annual Independence Day Parade. And this year, the route is longer than before! Due to the popularity of the Parade, the route is expanded two blocks. It marches through downtown Historic Philadelphia, stepping off at 11 am at 5th and Chestnut Streets immediately following the July 4th Independence Day Ceremony.  The procession heads up Chestnut Street, passing Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, turns right on 9th Street, then proceeds one block north to Market Street where it turns right again. Once on Market Street the parade marches six blocks down though Historic Philadelphia and ends at Front Street

With more than 4,000 participants from a dozen states, 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan, 16 marching musical groups, nine floats, five military branches and a multitude of special performing teams, Wawa Welcome America!’s Independence Day Parade is the most diverse Fourth of July parade in the country and you don’t want to miss it! People of all ages will enjoy up close and personal an array of entertaining, patriotic and multicultural marchers, music, dancers, and floats as it winds through Philadelphia’s most historic square mile.

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

Penn’s Landing

July 4: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Don’t miss out on your last chance to make a $7 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund and take advantage of all the free ice cream you can eat.

Happy Birthday America

Independence Visitor Center

12:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate America’s birthday and sample delectable treats from hometown favorite Tastykake.

Bell Tapping Ceremony

Liberty Bell Center, 500 Market Street

1:45 p.m.

The Liberty Bell rings out symbolically to commemorate Independence, sponsored by Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration and Sons of the American Revolution.

Party on the Parkway

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

20th to Eakins Oval

12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bring your flags, patriotic spirit and plenty of energy to the day-long festival with blocks and blocks of exciting and educational activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family! The highly anticipated Party on the Parkway offers three Music Stages: the ?uestlove Stage with Chin Chin, Nicos Gun, Res, Kindred and the Family Soul, and Donn T.; the Go 4th & Learn Stage with hip hop break-dancers and pop vocalists for teens and tweens and the Global Music Stage with headliner Anthony Colon and AMLA Salsa Orchestra and performances by the Caribbean Steel Drum Band Alzonia & The Steel Source, the Nrithasree Indian Dance School and the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble.

The Party on the Parkway also features the MHP Liberty Strongman Classic; crowds can marvel at incredible feats of strength as “strong men” compete and haul concrete cylinders, pull trucks and lift thousands of pounds. In addition to entertainment and activities, food vendors will fill the Parkway offering delectable dishes from all corners of the globe to popular Philadelphia favorites. Find out why Philadelphia is the place to be on the 4th of July!

Philly’s Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

20th and Eakins Oval

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Four-time Grammy award-winning band The Roots will headline Philly’s 4th of July Jam! The band and the Festival musical director ?uestlove will perform their set as well as sets with special guests Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more! The concert will also include a special tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Gamble and Huff’s iconic Philadelphia International Records, “The Sound of Philadelphia.”

The all-star cast of musicians will perform nearly every genre of music from R&B and hip hop to rock and funk for the largest free concert in America, followed by a spectacular fireworks show, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a dramatic backdrop. You don’t want to miss this concert, on the last and biggest night of Wawa Welcome America!

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Wawa Welcome America!’s 2011 4th of July Celebration & Parade

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June 29, 2011 in Deals and Freebies, Upcoming Events by Sarah Jones

at: Philadelphia

What better place is there to celebrate the Fourth of July than in Philadelphia, the very city where our nation began? People of all ages are invited to experience Wawa Welcome America!, the City of Philadelphia’s free July 4th Festival, from June 24 – July 4, 2011. With 11 patriotic days packed with free events, a full-scale parade, fireworks, history, live entertainment, food, culture and pageantry, there is fun for the whole family.

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

The Celebration of Freedom Ceremony will take place on the steps of Independence Hall at 6th and Market Streets from 10am – 11am on July 4th, 2011. Celebrate our nation’s 235th birthday with a patriotic salute! Music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will pay tribute to the history of our nation. Also, Miss America 2011 will sing one of our country’s famous songs.

Wawa Welcome America!’s Independence Day Parade

With more than 4,000 participants from a dozen states, 16 marching musical groups, nine floats, five military branches and a multitude of special guests, Wawa Welcome America!’s Independence Day Parade is the most diverse Fourth of July parade in the country. The impressive Parade kicks off at 11am on July 4th, 2011 and winds through the nation’s most historic mile.

New this year is an extended Parade route to 9th Street with optimal viewing, along with a variety of show-stopping musical performances on elaborate floats, from the Hoh Japanese Drummers to the Minas Brazilian Dancers and Drummers. Mattatuck Drum Band from Connecticut, founded in 1767 and the oldest fife and drum band in America, will proudly play the music of our founding fathers, and a cast of patriots include Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Ben Franklin.

Set to make this year’s parade unforgettable is a “Salute to the Armed Forces” float with active duty enlisted soldiers and officers from the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and veterans by the hundreds. The salute will be led by the Pennsylvania Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycles, a group that pays homage to African American soldiers who fought as early as the Spanish American War.

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, Grand Marshal Major General Craig of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Mayor Nutter and Miss Pennsylvania are among the roster of special guests, and Wawa will recall its earliest days with its antique dairy truck. Additional highlights include the Northern Lights Home School Marching Band from Michigan and the Cotter High School Marching Band from Minnesota!

Due to the popularity of the Parade, the route is expanded by two blocks. It marches through downtown Historic Philadelphia, stepping off at 11 am at 5th and Chestnut Streets immediately following the July 4th Independence Day Ceremony. The procession heads up Chestnut Street, passing Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, turns right on 9th Street, then proceeds one block north to Market Street where it turns right again. Once on Market Street the parade marches six blocks downtown though Historic Philadelphia and ends at Front Street.

The array of entertaining, patriotic and multicultural marchers, music, dancers and floats will dazzle and impress all. For more information, visit: www.welcomeamerica.com/independence-day-parade/

Party on the Parkway

This event will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 20th to Eakins Oval from 12 noon to 7pm on July 4th, 2011. Bring your flags, patriotic spirit and plenty of energy to the day-long festival with blocks and blocks of exciting and educational activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family! The highly anticipated Party on the Parkway offers three Music Stages: the ?uestlove Stage with Chin Chin, Nicos Gun, Reiss, Kindred and the Family Stone, and Don T.; the Go 4th & Learn Stage with hip hop break-dancers and pop vocalists for teens and tweens and the Global Music Stage with headliner Anthony Colon and AMLA Salsa Orchestra and performances by the Caribbean Steel Drum Band Alzonia & The Steel Source, the Nrithasree Indian Dance School and the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble.

The Party on the Parkway also features the MHP Liberty Strongman Classic; crowds can marvel at incredible feats of strength as “strong men” compete and haul concrete cylinders, pull trucks and lift thousands of pounds. In addition to entertainment and activities, food vendors will fill the Parkway offering delectable dishes from all corners of the globe to popular Philadelphia favorites. Find out why Philadelphia is the place to be on the 4th of July!

Philly’s Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks

Philly’s Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 20th and Eakins Oval from 7pm – 10pm on July 4th, 2011. Four-time Grammy award-winning band The Roots will headline Philly’s 4th of July Jam! The band and the Festival musical director ?uestlove will perform their set as well as sets with special guests Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more! The concert will also include a special tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Gamble and Huff’s iconic Philadelphia International Records, “The Sound of Philadelphia.”

The all-star cast of musicians will perform nearly every genre of music from R&B and hip hop to rock and funk for the largest free concert in America, followed by a spectacular fireworks show, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a dramatic backdrop. You don’t want to miss this concert, on the last and biggest night of Wawa Welcome America!

For more information, visit: www.welcomeamerica.com

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អប្បមត្ដោ អយំ គន្ធោ យ្វាយំ តគរចន្ទនំ យោ ច សីលវតំ គន្ធោ វាតិ ទេវេសុ ឧត្ដមោ

ក្លិននៃខ្លឹមចន្ទន៍និងក្រិស្នា ក្លិននេះធម្មតាមិនប្រមាណ ចំណែកប៉ែកក្លិននៃអ្នកមាន សីលកល្យាណផងទាំងឡាយ នោះទើបក្រអូបក្រអែបឈ្ងប់ ឈ្ងុយឆ្ងាញ់ខ្ពស់លុបឮខ្ចរខ្ចាយ ទៅក្នុងទេពតាមនុស្សទាំងឡាយ សុះសាយភាយសព្វគ្រប់ទិសទី;

យោ ច វស្សសតំ ជីវេ ទុស្សីលោ អសមាហិតោ ឯកាហំ ជីវិតំ សេយ្យោ សីលវន្ដស្ស ឈាយិនោ

សេចក្ដីរស់នៅត្រឹមតែមួយថ្ងៃ នៃអ្នកមានសីលនិងឈានឧត្ដម ក៏ប្រសើរជាងរស់នៅរយឆ្នាំ នៃអ្នកសាំញ៉ាំគ្មានសីលចរិយា។

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CELEBRATE ASIAN TRADITION AND CULTURE!

Time:
Saturday, September 10 · 11:00am – 5:00pm

Location:
Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Calling all Philadelphia residents and prospective visitors. Join us for the Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival on September 10th, 2011! Don’t miss this rare, wonderful opportunity to enjoy an exciting boat race at picturesque Penns Landing while learning and experiencing the unique customs and survival stories associated with the Southeast Asian Community.  Admission is free and open to the general public.

Blessed by the Head Monk of Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple, the Southeast Asign Dragon Boat Festival focuses on understanding the history and appreciating the culture of Southeast Asia while raising support for servicing their community now living here in the Delaware Valley. Your participation will help raise funds and awareness for local Cambodians, Laos, Vietnamese, Thai and other relevant populations in need of accessible, trustworthy, non-profit human service resources here in the Delaware Valley.

Mark your calendars now to attend this unique fun-and-fact-filled festival and support a great cause! For map of the festival area, click here.  To confirm a donation that will help the non-profit  supported by this event,  click here: (Insert links/drop down for info) For more information about the history of Southeast Asia including dragon boat racing, click here; (Insert links/drop down for info)

ENJOY THE ACTION…ON LAND OR WATER!
What better way to enjoy the last weeks of summer than spending a memorable day at Penns Landing with family and friends?   Anticipate the delicious flavors of Southeast Asian foods with traditional spices and themes to be savored. Get ready to cheer and enjoy the adrenline rush of witnessing the sponsored teams on the Delaware River racing in dragon boats to win the Festival Cup and cash prizes; uniformed coast guards will be on alert to ensure water safety.  Prepare to watch, and perhaps join in, cultural dances, lively music, and talented performances that embrace the Southeast Asian Region.

To help us confirm anticipated attendance, please click HERE to confirm interest in event.

BENEFIT FROM SPONSORSHIP/ MERCHANT SERVICES!
To sponsor a dragon boat team, click here
To participate as a vendor,click here

Original posted at: SEADBF

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ជាបឋមខ្ញុំព្រះករុណាសូមនមស្ការចំពោះព្រះពុទ្ធ ព្រះធម៌ និងព្រះសង្ឃដោយសេចក្ដីគោរព សូមថ្វាយបង្គំ និងចម្រើនពរ ព្រះករុណាម្ចាស់គ្រប់ព្រះអង្គ និងអស់លោក អ្នក ពុទ្ធបរិស័ទ ទាំងឡាយដែលបានចូលមកដល់ទំព័រនេះ ទោះនៅជិត ឬឆ្ងាយ ក្មេង ឬចាស់ ប្រុស ឬស្រី។ សូមព្រះតេជគុណ និងអស់លោកអ្នកប្រកបទៅដោយសេចក្ដីសុខ និងសេចក្ដីចម្រើន។  នេះជាលើកទីមួយហើយដែលខ្ញុំព្រះករុណា អាត្មាភាព បានបង្កើតនូវគេហទំព័រនេះឡើង ដោយខ្ញួនឯង និងសរសេរផ្សព្វផ្សាយដោយខ្លួនឯងផ្ទាល់ ដោយបែងចែកចេញជាទំព័រ និងចំណាត់ក្រុមនៃកម្មវត្ថុ។  ខ្ញុំព្រះករុណា អាត្មាភាព បង្កើតឡើងនូវគេហទំព័រនេះ ដោយចង់ចូលរួមធ្វើវិភាគទាននូវការយល់ដឹងខ្លះៗ ក៏ដូចជាដើម្បីចង់សិក្សាពីអស់លោកអ្នក ដើម្បីពង្រឹង និងតម្រែតម្រង់ការយល់ដឹងរបស់ខ្លួនឲ្យបានប្រត្យក្សឡើង។  អាស្រ័យហេតុនេះ ខ្ញុំព្រះករុណា អាត្មាភាព សូមព្រះករុណាម្ចាស់គ្រប់ព្រះអង្គ និងអស់លោកអ្នក មេត្ដាជួយណែនាំតាមការគួរ។ សូមអរព្រះគុណ និងអរគុណ៕