Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Arab American Patriots and Peacemakers Honored on Capitol Hill

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Arab American Patriots and Peacemakers Honored on Capitol Hill

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The Arab American National Museum (AANM)?in Dearborn, Michigan brought its marvelous exhibit, "Patriots and Peacemakers:?Arab Americans in Service to Our Country," to the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, where it was on view from Nov. 10 to 14. This unique exhibition honors Arab Americans, both Muslim and Christian, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Peace Corps and the diplomatic corps. Viewers are introduced to men and women who have served their country with dignity, loyalty and sacrifice.

Tens of thousands of Arab Americans have served in the military. Princeton Prof. Philip Hitti found that 13,965 Arab Americans served in World War I, while additional scholars say 15,000 Arab Americans served in WW?II. According to the Association for Patriotic Arab Americans in the Military, there are 3,500 Arab Americans in the military today.

Arab Americans started serving in the Peace Corps shortly after it was established in 1961. AANM?has collected 35 stories from Americans like Ruth Ann Skaff, who served in Morocco in the 1970s and now works for St. …

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