Empire State Building to light up; Indian flag to be hoisted at Times Square for the first time in history on Aug 15, New York City


Empire State Building to light up; Indian flag to be hoisted at Times Square for the first time in history on Aug 15

Seems like Indians living in New York, USA, are all set to create history this Independence Day. A leading group of Indian-origin people have organised to hoist the Indian tricolour at the Times Square on August 15, 2020, to commemorate India’s 74th year of independence. It will be the first time that the Indian flag or any flag will be unfurled at the iconic Times Square in New York City.

In an official statement, the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the tri-state regions of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut said, “It will be the first time ever that India’s tricolour will be unfurled at the iconic venue in all its glory.”

The Guest of Honour at the event will be Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal. The FIA further informed that apart from the flag-hoisting ceremony at the Times Square, the Empire State Building will also be illuminated in the colours of the Indian flag—saffron, white and green.

The lighting ceremony of the famous Empire State Building will take place on August 14, a day before the actual event. Informing more about the ceremony, the FIA said, “The Times Square flag hoisting ceremony is a testament to the Indian-American community’s growing patriotism and is a fitting tribute to the FIA which is celebrating its golden jubilee year.”

The FIA that was established in the year 1970, is one of the largest Indian organisations in the USA. In July, Ramesh Patel, the community leader, lost his life to the deadly Coronavirus and was succeeded by Ankur Vaidya.

Every Independence Day, the FIA organises its flagship event, the India Day Parade to celebrate India’s independence. The event is attended by famous US political leaders and lawmakers and members of the Indian-American community. Most of the time, Indian celebs also partake in the annual parade that is organised in the heart of Manhattan. The Independence Day parade is a huge hit and a major crowd-puller every year.

However, given the current pandemic situation, the parade will not be held this year. Instead, the whole event will be live-streamed and the members of the Indian community and friends of India have been invited for the virtual Independence Day celebration at the Times Square.

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