FOR THE STRIPES & STARS
For those in the Capital, the official celebration of the Independence Day of the United States (which is today on July 4), arrived a little early. The US ambassador to India Richard Verma hosted a gathering to celebrate the 240th Independence Day in the city, on Saturday. Besides celebrating the spirit of freedom, the embassy also celebrated their ‘wonderful natural heritage’.
Verma, while welcoming the guests at the venue that had beautiful pictures of their National Parks and landscapes, said, “This year marks the centennial of the organisation charged with protecting our natural heritage: the United States National Park Service. For 100 years, this extraordinary agency has worked tirelessly to protect America’s natural treasures and preserve our history.” He further added, “Let us tonight celebrate the natural landscapes we seek to preserve for our posterity and pledge ourselves anew to those ideals immortalised 240 years ago—the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The Flagship Brass Quintet from the US 7th Fleet played subtle tune as ambassador welcomed Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Amidst discussions on Trump and Bernie, the guests were seen enjoying cocktails and region-specific culinary delicacies like Smoked Salmon.
Kiren Rijiju and Richard Verma
Jarmila Hovorkova and Milan Hovorka
Jozef Drofenik and Dr Sabit Subasic
A musician of the Flagship Brass Quintet
Alice and Georges de La Roche
Brigadier General Robin L. Fontes