World Trade Center displays animated Indian Flag

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Animated Indian flag displayed on World Trade Center on Aug. 15, 2022 starting at 8 pm and going on till 2 am into the night. Photo: South Asian Engagement Foundation

Starting at 8pm on August 15, 2022, India’s 75th anniversary of independence, an animated Indian Flag was displayed on the One World Trade Center podium. The building’s spire was also lit up in the Indian Tricolor.

The initiative was taken by the South Asian Engagement Foundation, and as part of the celebrations, other Durst installations at One Bryant Park and One Five One, in mid-town were also lit up in the tricolor, a press release from SAEF said.

The community gathered to witness this historic moment and the Foundation gave out commemorative pins to mark the celebration.

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“The South Asian Engagement Foundation is responsible for many initiatives and civic engagements for the Indian American community as it assimilates into the fabric of Americana,” the organization said.

“This is an historic moment commemorating India’s Independence and most importantly the expression of love between the US and India,” Rahul Walia, founding trustee of SAEF is quoted saying in the press release. “We hope to continue the tradition and enhance the experience for everyone with more imagery on the podium,” he added.

World Trade Center wrapped in the image of the Indian flag Aug. 15, 2022, to celebrate India’s 75th anniversary of independence. Photo: South Asian Engagement Foundation.

The display was visible from 8am Aug. 15, and past midnight until 2am New York City time.

“We are so happy to be working with the Durst Organization to help celebrate India and thank them for their help in making this a reality” said Aarti Walia, director SAEF.

In September, coinciding with UN General Assembly, SAEF is planning a 3-night display showcasing India’s contribution to the world and the influence of Indian Americans in the US. Also, in October, they will be reprising the All-American Diwali display and fireworks.

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