Bronx Commemorates Kosovo’s 9th Year of Independence

(l-r) Driluna Bajrami, Maria Parubi and Helena Lajqi dressed to impress at the awards gala.
Photo by Laura Stone

Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and the Bronx’s Albanian community celebrated the ninth anniversary of Kosovo’s independence on Saturday, February 18 at Maestro’s Caterers.

(l-r) Driluna Bajrami; Maria Parubi; Ardi Domgjoni; Amanda Lulaj; Bergite Musaj and Vera Mjeku, Gjonaj’s campaign communication director.
Photo by Laura Stone

The cultural celebration honored Freedom Award recipient ambassador William Walker who led the Kosovo Verification Mission and posthumous Patriot Award recipients Ahmet Zherka, Gjergj Kala and Shaban Gjonbalja.

Assemblyman Gjonaj (r) celebrated with Valon Murati (l), Diaspora minister of the Republic of Kosovo and Besiana Kadare, Albanian ambassador to the United Nations.
Photo by Laura Stone

Ansambli Folklorik Autokton Rugova gave a crowd pleasing dance and musical performance.
Photo by Laura Stone

Ambassador William Walker (2nd from r) proudly accepted his award from (l-r) Valon Murati, Besiana Kadare and Assemblyman Gjonaj.
Photo by Laura Stone

Assembleyman Gjonaj (r) with Ilir Zherka, son of posthumous honoree Ahmet Zherka.
Photo by Laura Stone

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