Some 200 members gather at Lakshmi Narayan Temple, under the banner of the Indian Association of Sacramento.
In various ways big and small, the Indian American community is trying to show its solidarity with the victims of Pulwama terror attack that took place in India, on February 14, claiming 44 lives.
In Sacramento, California, on Wednesday, a candlelight vigil was held where 200 members gathered together to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers. Under the banner of the Indian Association of Sacramento, members of the community gathered at the local Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
They also held a peaceful protest.
The vigil started with the singing of Indian and US national anthems. Indian patriotic songs and bhajans floated in the air, with local singers Namrata Kemchandani and Meera Ramakrishnan singing the songs. There were also pictures of the fallen soldiers that were put up for people to pay their respects.
Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost was one of the guest speakers at the event. “Tonight I attended a Candlelight Vigil sponsored by the Indian Association of Sacramento — and stood in solidarity with my fellow Sacramento Region Citizens and together we recited a pledge that ended with… ‘We, the citizens of Sacramento, hereby pledge that we denounce the terror in any format, in any part of the world,” Frost said. “Honestly… Words don’t come close to expressing the sorrow. Tonight, I am reminded of how lucky I am to live in America, the land of freedom and opportunity. I am grateful that I feel safe in my daily life. I pray for our friends in Pulwama.”
Another speaker, Susan McKee, a member of the OCA Sacramento Board of Director, called for unitedly standing against terror.
Dr. Firdos Sheikh, who also spoke, said: “I wore the tricolor in honor of Indian soldiers. They continued to protect our country. While we were thousands of miles away. Scattered broken bodies broke my heart. How helpless to watch the innocent slain so mercilessly? Prayers. And heartfelt condolences. May peace consume every being. Across the globe.”
Other attendees included Sumati Rao, Consul (Community affairs, Information and Culture) at the Consulate General of India in San Francisco, and Easan Katir from the Hindu American Foundation.