Aurora to celebrate India's Independence Day with inaugural flag-raising ceremony Aug. 15

The City of Aurora will honor the 75th anniversary of India's independence with an inaugural flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at One Aurora Plaza, 8 E. Galena Blvd.

Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Aurora's first Indian-American elected official, Ward 10 Alderwoman Shweta Baid, will welcome officials from the Consul General of India's Office in Chicago, the city's Indian American Heritage Board, and the Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple, one of the largest Hindu temples in the Chicago area which is located in Aurora.

DuPage County Judge Khavita Athanikar, the first Indian American judge in DuPage County, and Indian American youth will be recognized for their trailblazing achievements in the area.

The Indian American and South Asian community is Aurora's fastest-growing population group.

Through the city's equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, flag-raising ceremonies have been held this past year for Mexico, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Pride Month, and Juneteenth.

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