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India Independence Day with Flag Raising Ceremony – A new tradition has begun in Middlesex County

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State Representative James Arciero participated and spoke publicly during the second annual recognition of Indian Independence Day recently at the Westford Common.

As a part of the ceremony, Representative Arciero provided a House citation to India Association of Greater Boston President Sanjay Gowda to mark the special event. India Flag Day Ceremony Press Release

The celebration recognizes the date — August 15, 1947 — India became a free, independent state from British colonialization.

India is the most populous democracy in the world and a multi-party political system.

“It’s my honor and privilege to be part of the second flag raising to commemorate the independence of India and the strong relationship between our two countries,” Arciero said. “India has contributed so much, from culture, philosophy, religion and science, to our shared world.

“Here in Westford, we are blessed by a wonderful and growing Indian community,” Arciero added.

The IAGB, founded in 1962 as a socio-cultural organization, seeks to bring the Indian-American community across greater Boston together for cultural activities, community service and civic engagement.