Washington: The first time Indian Tricolour will be unfurled at iconic New York City of the destination. The leading diaspora group in the US will host India’s National Flag at the Times Square on August 15.
The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) said in a statement that it ‘will be creating history’ on August 15, 2020, by ‘hosting the first-ever flag hoisting ceremony at Times Square.
Consul General of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal will be the Guest of Honour at the event and will be the first time that India’s Tricolour will be unfurled at the iconic venue in all its glory.
According to FIA, this year’s Independence Day celebrations will include the flag-hoisting ceremony at Times Square, and the annual tradition of illuminating the Empire State Building in hues of the tricolour ceremony will be held on August 14.
FIA is among the largest umbrella diaspora organizations established in 1970. On its golden jubilee year, the Times Square flag hoisting ceremony is a testament to the Indian-American community’s growing patriotism says the organization.
In July, Ankur Vaidya was appointed the FIA Chairman after Indian-American community leader Ramesh Patel who passed away due to complications from coronavirus.
Mr Vaidya is the youngest member of the Board and the youngest to be chosen as its chairman and was the President of the umbrella diaspora organization for the year 2014.
The Consulate General of India in New York will host a virtual Independence Day celebration on August 15, and the commemoration will be live-streamed.
FIA annually organizes its flagship event on the India Day Parade to mark India’s Independence Day in August. Every year top US political leaders, lawmakers as well as prominent members of the Indian-American community and celebrities from India have participated in the annual day parade.
This year the parade will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Written by SOMANATH SAHU
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