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Colón Youth and Ambassador Farrar watch the Inauguration Ceremony of President Obama

January 21, 2013
Ambassador Farrar with participants

Ambassador Farrar with participants

To celebrate the historic moment when the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, starts his second term, U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Farrar and twenty-five youth from Colón, members of the English-learning ‘Access’ program, watched the public Inauguration Ceremony together from the Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT).  Youth also listened to a speech on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ambassador Farrar said: “I am here in Colón to show the U.S. Embassy’s support to the youth of Colón and Panama in general.  Today is a day of profound importance in the United States.”

The present youth are participating in the Access 2013 Summer Camp, a two-year English-learning program focused on English language learning.  This extracurricular program is aimed at students between 16 and 18 years of age, and is currently taking place in the provinces of Panama, Colón, Herrera, Veraguas, Chiriquí and Darién.

During the meeting with the Ambassador, students learned more about the celebrations that take place around the Inauguration Ceremony.  On Saturday, January 19th, the National Day of Service took place, to strengthen American communities and commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  That Saturday, President Obama and members of his Cabinet volunteered their time and knowledge for the benefit of their communities.  Volunteering is a constant, observed daily in almost all aspects of life in the United States.

Students also learned a bit more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy that still lives on in the United States after his death in 1968.  Dr. King, an American civil rights activist, was murdered on April 4th, 1968; he left behind civil rights lessons that preached non-violence.