FOR THE STRIPES & STARS

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Ankita Rawat

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.

PHOTOS: MANOJ VERMA/HT

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

Tar­ci­sius Eri

Esala Weer­akoon

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