Westminster Declares ‘Massoud Day’ to Remind Afghans They Are Not Forgotten

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Westminster officials declared past week that September 9, 2023, volition beryllium proclaimed Massoud Day aft Ahmad Massoud, described arsenic the founding begetter of the absorption against the Soviet penetration of Afghanistan successful the 1980s and past against the Taliban and al-Qaeda successful the 1990s.

Known arsenic “The Lion of Panjshir,” Massoud was assassinated by al-Qaeda  2 days earlier the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

“This Proclamation Day is astir honoring him and his bequest to springiness radical anticipation successful Afghanistan,” erstwhile Army quality serviceman Mark Newgent told The Epoch Times. “That’s what this is truly astir … to fto them cognize that they are not forgotten.”

Epoch Times Photo Veterans clasp Westminster’s proclamation for “Massoud Day” successful Westminster, Calif., connected May 24, 2023. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

As Panjshir continues to beryllium the lone state escaped of Taliban power successful Afghanistan, it is Massoud’s son, Ahmad Shah Massoud, who is continually warring against the Taliban aft the 2021 exit of United States’ forces.

“Nowhere successful the satellite are radical much oppressed than the Afghan people, who are presently overseen by 21 antithetic violent organizations,” a erstwhile Afghan American worker who goes by his subject telephone sign, Legend, told The Epoch Times.

Legend, a adjacent interaction of Massoud, said helium sees Westminster’s caller proclamation arsenic a mode to springiness anticipation to the Afghan people.

“It reminds them that the radical of America person not forgotten astir Afghanistan,” helium said.

Epoch Times Photo “LEGEND” stands successful Westminster, Calif., connected May 24, 2023. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

United States Army seasoned Bob Kender, who completed 2 tours of work successful Afghanistan said helium is besides encouraged by Westminster’s proclamation, which helium said helium hopes volition assistance rise attraction to national officials to enactment the absorption and to punctual Afghans that they are not forgotten by America.

The Massoud Foundation USA, which provides meals, aesculapian treatment, and acquisition to women and children successful Afghanistan, was besides named aft Massoud.

Westminster metropolis officials said successful the day’s authoritative proclamation that they anticipation residents volition grant Massoud’s bequest by “caring for their friends and providing anticipation to those successful need.”

Epoch Times Photo A VETS4NRF pin successful Westminster, Calif., connected May 24, 2023. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)