Hallandale Proclaims Thursday October 18,2012 Azerbaijan Independence Day.

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South Florida city may be a long way from the Caspian Sea, but it has proclaimed Thursday as Azerbaijan Independence Day.

The City Commission issued the proclamation Wednesday in honor of the estimated 150 Azerbaijani-Americans who call Hallandale Beach home and in commemoration of the 21 st anniversary of the country’s independence from the USSR.

Mayor Joy Cooper encouraged city residents to observe the occasion in the spirit of democracy,equal rights and the freedom os speech,religion and assembly.

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