Ballots, Bagels, and Brass Bands: Celebrating American Traditions in Kigali

The Kigali International Community School (KICS) band perform performs at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, September 28, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Emily Makely serves as Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda.

From late-September through mid-October, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world hosted voting events to help U.S. citizens overseas participate in the 2012 U.S. elections. On September 28, 2012, U.S. Embassy Kigali hosted an “Absentee Voting Week Celebration.” More than 250 U.S. citizens visited the embassy compound to vote, pose for photos next to the ballot box, and hear the Kigali International Community School (KICS) band perform “Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful,” and other American classics.

Students played another important role at the event by training designated official voting assistance volunteers at fvap.gov prior to the event and using their new-found knowledge to volunteer… more »

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