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India Association of Long Island honors “Bharat Ke Veer” Indian Armed Forces Veterans on 69th Republic Day Celebration

  (By a Staff Reporter) : India Association of Long Island (IALI) celebrated 69th Republic Day of India, on Friday 26th January, 2018 at Plainview Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803, hosted by IALI Committee members. This is the first time in the history of IALI, that it hosted and celebrated India’s Republic Day. It was an idea of Executive Council to celebrate our national holiday as proud Indians.
Program started with welcome speech by Secretary Mrs. Shashi Malik. American and Indian national Anthems were sung by young children and adults respectively. Flag hoisting was done by President Mrs. Gunjan Rastogi along with IALI founders, past presidents and “Bharat Ke Veer” Indian Armed Forces Veterans. President Mrs Gunjan Rastogi Honored Veterans of Indian Armed Forces, Wing Commander S.H Butani, Squadron Leader D. K Nagia, Major D. Gulati and Mr. P. Shilagani. Cultural program featured, patriotic songs by IALI members and admirably enacted performance by seniors of Happy Seniors Home, dances by young children from Arya Dance and Krishna Arts dance schools.
The Program was graced by the attendance of Nassau county Executive Honorable Laura Curran and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Honorable Joseph Saladino, both of them praised Indian community for their contributions to society, they both received a tremendous ovation from the audience. Citations were awarded by the County and Town of Oyster Bay to the President Mrs. Gunjan Rastogi and the IALI.
Also in the Hallway, Paintings by accomplished artists Aruna Saxena, Japneet Kaur, Deepa Makkar and Satish Joshi all IALI members were showcased. Sumptuous Dinner was catered by Mint Restaurant. Program was attended by overwhelming crowd of more than 200 people. Library auditorium was fully packed to its capacity with the IALI founders, past presidents, well known community leaders, members of the association and guests in attendance. The New Delhi Republic Day parade was featured on the big screen during the President’s speech, which took the audience back home. It reminded everyone of being in India, audience felt they were sitting in India and watching the Republic day parade. President Mrs. Gunjan Rastogi thanked the Executive Council for doing a great job and welcomed new members to growing IALI family.
President Mrs. Gunjan Rastogi also sent a message of peace and love and keeping with that theme IALI will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 10th 2018 at the Inn at New Hyde Park, Jericho Turnpike, NY.
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