MINEOLA, N.Y.(TIP): 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, August 15.
During the event, Legislator 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.
“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,” Legislator 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 County Executive 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, Jyoti Gupta led aperformance of patriotic Indian songs.