BAPS Swaminarayan temple in Robbinsville, NJ, holds Veterans Appreciation Day

Honor Guard at the BAPS Akshardham temple in Robbinsville, for the May 11, 2024, Veterans Appreciation Day. PHOTO: BAPS

On May 11, 2024, the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham hosted its second annual Veterans Appreciation Day with more than 140 veterans from four branches of the United States Armed Forces and their families in attendance.

It was a day of remembrance and appreciation for the dedication and commitment of the U.S. Armed Forces to the nation, the press release from BAPS said.

Ceremonies being conducted at the May 11, 2024, Veterans Appreciation Day at the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Robbinsville, NJ. PHOTO: BAPS

Joined by the local community, the event celebrated and appreciated the service, courage, and commitment of the current and former members of the U.S. Military. They gathered to honor the brave men and women who have selflessly served the nation. The ceremony was led by Capt. Medina Wilson, director of the Mercer County Veteran Services and a United States Army veteran.

The event commenced with a Hindu Vedic prayer for peace and a duet of the American national anthem by BAPS youth. This was followed by the presentation of colors, a traditional military ceremony where the American flag is carried and displayed, conducted by Master Sergeant Joshua Strouse and the Color Guard from McGuire Air Force Base.

“Both BAPS and our U.S. Military are rooted in the spirit of service and greatly value selflessly giving back to society. Command Chief Master Sergeant, Mike Ferraro shared deep gratitude to BAPS for giving him the opportunity to commemorate his fellow Veterans at the Veterans Appreciation Day at Akshardham,” the press release said.

A highlight of the event was the pinning ceremony performed by Staff Sergeant Harish Rao as a token of BAPS’ appreciation for Veterans’ unwavering dedication. The presentation also recognized and acknowledged the role of families of veterans and active-duty U.S. Armed Forces.



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