September 19, 2010, Rochester Hills, Michigan USA -- The President of the Republic of Albania, Bamir Topi, is scheduled to visit the Albanian-American Community of greater Detroit for the first time on Wednesday, September 22nd. Topi's visit will be highlighted by a public event at St. Paul's Albanian Catholic Church as he will place wreathes besides the statues of the immortal Gjergj Kastriot Skenderbeu and Nene Tereza.
The event is scheduled to commence at 11:00 a.m. where the President will speak in front of Skenderbeu's statue. He will be joined by his family, the Albanian Ambassador and numerous other public officials.
DETROIT, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, the President of the Republic of Albania, his Excellency Mr. Bamir Topi, will be visiting the significant Albanian-American community in the Detroit Metropolitan area, estimated at 150,000. This is the first visit of President Topi to Michigan, who will be accompanied by his wife, two daughters and advisors. The days' program will begin by visiting the Mother Teresa statue at St. Paul's Albanian Catholic Church in Rochester Hills. A ceremony will take place to honor, celebrate and remember the ethnic Albanian, Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhi, known to the world as Mother Teresa, on the 100th Anniversary of her birth. The President will also visit the Skenderbeg monument at the Church. Skenderbeg is the Albanian National Hero.
Following this ceremony there will be a luncheon at the Fortesa Restaurant in Rochester, where Albanian Religious and community leaders as well as special guests such as the Mayors of Detroit, Rochester and Rochester Hills will be present. The President of Albania will be giving four Presidential decorations to outstanding individuals who have served the Albanian people and humanity. Each are religious leaders: two Catholic priests, two Islamic Imams. This underlines Albania's proud tradition of religious tolerance and harmony.
President Bamir Topi is a member of the Democratic Party of Albania formed just after the fall of the strict communist regime in Albania in 1991. Topi has been distinguished and widely hailed as a politician of a moderated profile, as active in resolving the crisis between the ruling majority and opposition and as a protagonist of political agreements and various parliamentary initiatives.
-Mother Teresa and Skenderbeg monuments ceremony: 11:00 am- The St. Paul's Albanian Catholic Church located at 525 West Auburn Road, Rochester Hills, MI
-Luncheon 1:00 pm at the recently opened, beautiful Fortesa Restaurant is located at: 543 N. Main Street, Rochester, MI