AIA hoists Indian flag at Daley Plaza, Chicago

Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer, was the chief guest at the event.

The Association of Indians in America (AIA) marked the 77th independence day of india by hoisting the tricolor in the presence of  hundreds of people at Daley Plaza in Chicago, Illinois, The event, which started with the national anthem of India, and the US also featured cultural activities and speeches by the dignitaries in attendance.

Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer, was the chief guest at the event. She presented  a proclamation congratulating the entire Indian American community on the important occasion  to AIA president Hina Trivedi, chairman Salil Mishra, AIA national vice president Santhosh Pandey, and Prem Mehrotra. Mehrotra also received a lifetime leadership award from AIA for his 30 years of dedication to the organization during the event that Nilabh Dubey, Shabana Rahman, and Santosh Pandey emceed. 

In her speech, president Trivedi urged the community to keep supporting the all round growth of kids and empower women. She appreciated the parents for teaching instilling Indian cultural values in their kids and encouraging them to perform at the memorable event. According to a release, kids of all age groups actively participated in the cultural program, performing at the patriotic songs, and were joined by their families and friends. 

Trivedi extended gratitude to all the attendees for joining the celebration and gave an overview of the activities of the association. Special appreciation was given to Om Dhingra, AIA trustee, for providing food for the entire group. The president thanked the executive working Team 2022-2023 for making the event successful. A special reception was organized for the AIA team by Trivedi and Maria Pappas’ office.

AIA is one of the oldest associations in the US, promoting India’s culture and heritage since its inception on August 20, 1967. It is the grassroots national organization of Asian immigrants in the United States, fostered on the democratic principle of “One member, One vote”. The association aims to bring the community together by fostering an all-inclusive environment for both Indian and non-Indian community members.