Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day !

IFF Wishes This Peaceful Event and Will Always Remember Our Heroes. We THANK YOU So Much For Your Service.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2019 occurs on Monday, May 27. 

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

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Ziaulhaq Ghafoori (Booyah) President /CEO/Co-Founder (571) 494-2107 zghafoori@interpretingfreedom.org Ziaulhaq “Booyah” Ghafoori is the President and CEO of the Interpreting Freedom Foundation which is a Non-Profit Organization that honors the service of interpreters and advocates for their needs. Booyah is a Special Immigrant Visa recipient from Afghanistan who served as a combat interpreter and a cultural adviser assigned to U.S. Army Special Forces from 2003 to 2014. Despite the death threats he received from individuals within Afghanistan, he continued to dedicate his time and service to helping the U.S. military and its mission. Booyah also served as the Vice President of a logistics company that facilitated inter-governmental logistical services in the Central Asian Region. Booyah knows all too well about war and its effects on people. Perhaps one of the most life-defining moments of Booyah’s life was on April 6, 2008, when he accompanied a combined team of Special Operations Command and Afghan Commandos in the Nuristan Province Shok Valley to capture a high-level target. His team fought for almost seven hours and Booyah lost his best friend and fellow interpreter, CK. Despite this, he pushed through the battle and helped carry his wounded team members to safety for the next six hours. After the battle ended many in the combined force were wounded and many of the U.S. service members received awards and medals. At CK’s funeral, as a sign of respect and solidarity, Booyah and Co-Founder Bahroz Mohmand along with other interpreters were given commemorative purple hearts from the team commander. Booyah was awarded a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantryman Badge for being wounded in action and carrying wounded soldiers to safety. Today Booyah has made a home here in the United States. He has increased his network of friends and supporters and has found his calling in advocating and helping his fellow interpreters and American veterans. In the end he says, “I will be available for them to help them again and again.”

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