Ceremonial Uniform of Ambassador David Jakupca
American Cultural Ambassador David Jakupca in 2021 Ceremonial Dress Uniform
commemorating Fifty Years of Foreign Service. In 2023 the Gold Auguilarra
denoting status as Senior Statesman was added.
Ceremonial Dress Uniforms are worn on very special formal occasions, such as state receptions, balls, coronations, parades, weddings, funerals, holiday traditions, in addition to certain private ones such as marriages and funerals. In the European dress code hierarchy of dress codes, ceremonial dress is often considered one of the most formal, in other cultures ceremonial dresses vary widely having entirely different meanings, and styles.
Frequently, community leaders will dress in this distinctive fashion during ceremonial occasions as cultural traditions dictates that use of ceremonial, festival, and other ritual clothing is a structure to reaffirm social ties and values. Rituals frequently are perceived as being out of the ordinary because they highlight significant cultural or personal events.
American Cultural Ambassador David Jakupca Ceremonial Uniform List
David Jakupca began is foreign service in the Military during the Vietnam War serving with distinction until honorably discharged.
The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) was founded by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987 with the "Mission to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues."
American Cultural Ambassador David Jakupca is officially credited and accepted with being the Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement by many organizations including the United Nations, Earth Island Institute, Time Magazine, State of Ohio and many others.
ICEA was organized into three divisions: Environmental, Humanities, Arts and Culture, this acts as an umbrella organization of affiliated groups that support related agendas with the idea of creating a prototype NGO that is easily replicated in other communities, cities, states and countries. ICEA's mission is the Theory of ICEALITY on Environmental Arts, that is to "Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and culture ultimately promoting a sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things (Human, Plant and Animal Kingdoms)" As the first professional art organization to be solely dedicated to this endeavor, this has made ICEA a leader in the Environmental Arts Movement and a force for socially responsible activity.
During the 1993 UN Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria, the UN asked the member Nations how the information generated at the UN Conferences could get down to the people where it would do the most good. Renate and David Jakupca from ICEA, suggested the information be recycled and sent on tour after the Conference closes. With the approval of US Delegates Geraldine Ferraro and Jimmy Carter, ICEA starting promoting the iceality of 'recycling' all major UN conferences until 2007.
As the World Conferences-Revisited displays travels throughout the world, it was open to proposals from citizen groups and will listen to and amplify, especially the voices of those normally excluded from international and national deliberations. In all this, it will seek Iceality as the catalyst to put words into action.
The Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts was enthusiastically embraced by the United Nations by 1990 and was featured in many of World Conferences;
The result of this major global public promotion at the United Nations level, is that the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts is now considered as the cornerstone of the modern sustainable global Environmental Art Movement and this concept is now replicated by urban designers, architects and artists throughout the World.
In 2000 for the Worlds Fair held in Hanover, Germany David and Renate Jakupca along with Golfer Arnold Palmer were appointed to be American Cultural Ambassadors. At Germany's World's Fair, EXPO 2000's 'Culture on the Move' segment. American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca addressed the 140 Nation Assembly of the concept for a physical permanent universal symbol of renewal and peace on earth for all living inhabitants through the 'Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts'. This Universal Symbol of Living Peace was the WORLDS CHILDREN PEACE MONUMENT (WCPM) sculpture. It became a project of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) with the cooperation of the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program. The concept of a physical permanent universal symbol of renewal and living peace for all living things was organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a "Universal Peace Equation" is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.
The WCPM was officially inaugurated in 2003 at the 3rd World Peace Conference held in Verbania, Italy where it received an Italian Medal of Arts Award. It was presented as a 'gift' to the people of Cleveland to be located at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. When it was 'rejected', it was debuted at its present location at Coe Lake Park in Berea, Ohio. Subsequent attempts in 2007 and 2012 to relocate the WCPM to the Cultural Gardens also failed. The WCPM Project is to encourage positive community participation through the establishment of international site-specific works of public art, through cultural education and entrepreneurial training to children around the World.
DRACHA: AFTER ATTENDING CEREMONIES AROUND THE WORLD HOW DOES AMERICA RANK?
DAVID: Except for the Military Dress Codes there is no official dress code for American Politicians that I am aware of. There is an unofficial, but well seen, rule for the US House and Senate for members Men: Suit & tie with appropriately matching accessories, Women: The same in the form of women’s business attire. But you can probably see people attending wearing just a shirt and shorts too. In American full ceremonial uniform would be out place on most occasions. The average American has only knowledge about ceremonial uniforms mostly from watching the Royals like Queen Elizabeth, Princess Dianna, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco on television. Watch CSPAN and look at how the members are dressed and you’ll easily understand that “unwritten” dress code.
DRACHA: AS A AMERICAN LIVING IN AMERICA WAS IS THE FOCUS OF YOUR UNIFORM?
DRACHA: HOW DO OTHER CULTURES PORTRAY THEIR OFFICIAL CEREMONIES?
DAVID: CHINA - When is comes to going-over-the-top on extravaganzas you can not beat the Chinese. The UN's 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in China held its NGO Forum in Huairou, a small, pleasant town in the countryside outside of Beijing. There were daily receptions for distinguished visitors like Madeline Albright, then U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Geraldine Ferraro, Bella Abzug, actress Jane Fonda, etc. But for the main events they were held in Beijing where much more spacious and ornate accommodations could be had for the ceremonies. At that time, I don't think Hong Kong was allowed to surpass Beijing in any events.
SOUTH AFRICA- focuses heavily on its ethnicity when it comes to civil ceremonies. For the 2001 UN World Conference against Racism (WCAR) held in Durban, South Africa, and the 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg ...The population of South Africa is divided into four major ethnic groups namely Nguni, Sotho, Shangaan-Tsonga and Venda. These various groups have their own African tribal dress, symbols, colors and motifs predominated in all aspects immersing the ceremonies in a local cultural showcase. Even with the embroidered Dashiki South African Ceremonial Dress symbolizes affirmation and a return to African roots for most people.
DRACHA: IN ALL YOUR TRAVELS WHAT EVENT STANDS OUT TO BE UNFORGETTABLE?
DAVID: That would have to be the 1996 United Nations City Summit, HABITAT II in Istanbul, Turkey.
Rumeli Hisarı name means "Fortress on the Land of the Romans", it was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 and is today a completely restored unique example of ottoman military architecture. The Turkish Government hosted a formal reception at the Castle for the conference delegates. As far as ambiance the Castle could not have been a better location for a international ceremony - a 500 year old castle on a hill festooned with flags, pennants, shields and flowers and hundreds of people in their countries gala ceremonial dress enjoying the festivities. Inside the restored castle was filled with antiques, they have a Turkish saying that "anything less then 300 years old is considered new" and everything in the castle was original and ancient. The ball room was lavishly decorated and music was played for dancing by a complete orchestra, waiters in Turkish garb served traditional Turkish food and drinks for an added effect. Sometime later in the evening everyone was invited to the out doors to the parapet with with its breathtaking views of the Bosporus from its lush gardens it was fairy tail experience. At a given time that night the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Suspension Bridge that spans one of the narrowest sections of the Bosporus Strait was closed to traffic and became a platform for a gigantic fire works display. Feu d'artifice exploded up and rained down from the bridge giving the impression the whole bridge was from a different time and place. Even the long shuttle bus rides back to out hotels had something to offer with many people happily talking in different languages about the evening to remember.
Rumeli Hisari Fortress on the Bosphorus, Turkey
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Suspension Bridge seen from Rumeli Hisari Fortress
DRACHA: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU AND YOUR GROUP IN THE FUTURE?
DAVID: People are committed, through ICEALITY to use the WORLDS CHILDREN PEACE MONUMENT (WCPM) to bring peace to all the Worlds Children. Ambassador Renate and I would like to plan a visit Pakistan
and Dr Abdul Jabbar Brohi, Pakistani Peace Emissary to continue projects in that area.
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