NNA - The Beirut Alive Association successfully completed its official attempt to break the world record by the number of national flags raised in 24 hours, thus leading to the capital's breaking of the Waterloo record in New York and entering the "Guinness Book of World Records".
The initiative began at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning and ended at 1:30 a.m. today. The organizers, together with a group of volunteers from the "Scouts of Makassed", "Scouts of Lebanon", "Scouts of al-Jarrah Association" and "Auto Khaled", broke the Waterloo 25599 record number at around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, reaching a total of 26852 raised Lebanese flags by 4 p.m.
The event was organized under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, represented by MP Rola Tabsh Jaroudi, at the Nejmeh Square in downtown Beirut, in the presence of Economic and Social Council Member, Mohammed Al-Jouzou, the Guinness World Records Monitoring Supervisor, Ahmed Jabr, and independent witnesses from "Al-IIttihad Law firms" and various prominent figures.
After raising the flag that broke the world record, MP Tabsh congratulated the Beirut Alive Association for this remarkable individual and national initiative par excellence, adorning Beirut with thousands of Lebanese flags and entering the Book of Guinness.
"Beirut said its word today: nothing surpasses the Lebanese flag!" exclaimed Tabsh.
She added: "This flag has been raised through the blood of the nation's sons, the dignity of its Cedars, and the pride and purity of its heart...with its colors recalling an unforgettable history."
"We are gathered today in this arena at the invitation of the Beirut Alive Association, which is launching its first activity and sending a message of peace from the heart of the capital to all, namely that regardless of the extent of raised flags, there is only one flag for all people of the nation, which is the Lebanese flag," Tabsh underscored.
The President of the Beirut Alive Association, Bakr Halawi, later received an honorary shield from the Guinness Committee, amidst the cheers of a large crowd of citizens who gathered at Nejmeh Square carrying the longest Lebanese flag.
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