County raises flag for Indian Independence anniversary

County raises flag for Indian Independence anniversary
Nassau County raised the Indian flag in honor of the anniversary of Indian independence. (Photo courtesy of the office of Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum)

Nassau County Legislator Ellen W. Birnbaum (D – Great Neck), County Executive Laura Curran and Indian-American community leaders celebrated the anniversary of India’s independence during a flag-raising ceremony in the County Executive’s Ceremonial Chambers on Wednesday.

During the event, Birnbaum presented the Indian American Forum with a Community Recognition Award in celebration of their commitment to enhancing socio-cultural interactions and highlighting the rich traditions of Indian culture in the district.

The award was presented to Jyoti Gupta, a member of the organization’s board.

County, town and state officials joined Indian-American community leaders at the celebration.
(Photo courtesy of the office of Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum)

“It was a privilege to welcome this accomplished group of Indian-American community leaders from my district to join us at the Nassau County Legislature for a joyous celebration of independence,” Birnbaum said. “I thank everyone who took time out of their morning to participate in this ceremony and salute the Indian American Forum for their ongoing efforts to promote the culture, heritage and values embraced by Indians around the world.”

In addition to Legislator Birnbaum’s welcoming remarks, Wednesday morning’s program included speeches by Curran, Indian-American Forum Chairperson Indu Jaiswal, Nassau County Human Rights Commission Chairman Bobby Kalotee and Dr. Ajay Lohda, chairman of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

Community member Eesha Butani led the gathering in the American National Anthem, while Hema Sardana performed the Indian National Anthem.

In addition, Gupta led a performance of patriotic Indian songs.

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