SAN DIEGO — On Friday, December 7, 2012, members of Azerbaijani-American Council joined an event organized by the San Diego Diplomacy Council (SDDC) to honor wounded U.S. and Georgian veterans of the war in Afghanistan. As a special tribute, the event also honored the U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Mourad Ragimov of San Diego, a fallen Azeri-American Iraq War hero.
Opening the event, Attorney Martin Kruming and SDDC Executive Director, Cath De Stefano, welcomed attendees and talked about SDDC’s annual tributes to war heroes. Then, Georgian and American veterans shared their experiences of the ongoing war in Afghanistan and remembered fellow servicemen who fell in combat. Upon the end of their rehabilitation period in San Diego, the Georgian veterans, Temuri Dadiani and Roma Kortava, will be retuning to their homeland.
Speaking further, AAC general director talked about Mourad Ragimov, the only Azeri-American war hero, who was killed in a helicopter crash during the operations near Ar Rutbah, Iraq on January 26, 2005. AAC representative also mentioned the key contributions made by Azerbaijan and Georgia to the U.S.-led missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, touched upon the history of allied relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia, which date back to 1919, and highlighted the strategic importance of these two nations for the United States.
At the end of the event, SDDC members presented honoring certificates and flowers for the war heroes and their families.
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