Addis Ababa observes the first year Meles Zenawi memorial in Gulele at the Meles Zenawi Library and Park earlier known as Gulele Plantation Center.
The memorial gathers Presidents of Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia while it attracts vice president of Uganda as well as senior officials from Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan.
Azebe Mesfin, wife of the late Meles Zenawi chose to remind him as a committed leader who did the best he can offer to transform Ethiopia to a growing democratic country.
"When we lost this great leader, some of us felt like the promising developments may fade away; but what has happened is that his death becomes another source of inspiration like more gas on a fire. This memorial is simply an event that renews our commitment to development and democracy," she said in the memorial ceremony.
PM Hailemariam Desalegn said, " the late Meles Zenawi's death was tragic and took many by surprise. Some prophesied dooms day scenario for the country; yet the institutions and party he helped built proved themselves resilient to go through under any difficulties while they keep meeting the national causes they up to succeed."
Mr Hailemariam told the conference Meles is a great loss to his loved ones and to the country as he had the wisdom to help shape the future of his family and the country.
"Meles did a remarkable endeavor in the green economic development while he led a successful party and government to establish a widely defined democratic system that has recognized and observed rights of individuals and groups at the same time. He was the champion of the poor and relentless speaker of the African continent on a whole host of issues," Mr Hailemariam reminded the gathering.
President of Sudan, Al Bashir said in the memorial ceremony: "Meles Zenawi was a great African leader who did the best he can to his continent in peace and security, development and democracy and to the place of Africa in the world.
His unwavering support to peace and stability in the Sudan was unforgettable as his wisdom helps solve many of the contentious issues. He deserves such memorial as he was such a great leader of the African continent."
Presidents of Djibouti and Somalia also recognized his immense contribution to his country, the IGAD region and the entire Africa in their respective speeches.
Following the speeches, the foundation for the Meles Zenawi Library and Park has been laid by Chairwoman of the Meles Foundation, Azeb Mesfin, wife of the diseased leader.
Other delegates from the neighboring countries addressed the memorial event and share the spirits of the messages made by the presidents of Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia.
At last, the memorial ceremony came to an end with a photo exhibition held in the Meles Zenawi Public Park and Library.