Ambassador Norland attends President Margvelashvili’s Ceremony to Honor Disabled Soldiers (April 6)


On April 6, Ambassador Norland participated in a ceremony hosted by President Giorgi Margvelashvili to confer medals of honor to disabled Georgian servicemen.  Minister of Defense Mindia Janelidze attended the event which recognized the athletic accomplishments of the servicemen.  While at the ceremony, the Ambassador commented to the media that, “There’s two very important messages out of today’s event.  One is that the soldiers who served Georgia and served the cause of international peace and were so badly wounded in Afghanistan and elsewhere, that their sacrifices have been honored and they have shown the spirit of courage and sportsmanship going to San Diego and winning this wonderful competition. This is recognition of their service and sacrifice. But also the second message is that they are a model to anyone in Georgia with a disability, that just because you were wounded, or disabled your life is not over.  In fact you bring a new dimension to society — your courage and determination can serve as a model for those who take life for granted and take their able body for granted. So, it’s a great event for the soldiers and for Georgian society.”