In celebration of Pakistan Republic Day and the Lahore Resolution in Pakistan, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Consul General to Pakistan in New York Raja Ali Ejaz, and members of the Pakistani American Society of NY raised the Pakistani Flag in a ceremony on the steps of Town Hall. This year marks the 77th anniversary of the resolution and the third flag raising by the town.
“America’s largest township is proud of its diverse family, and we are happy to celebrate the myriad of cultures and traditions that make Hempstead Town a great place to live and raise a family,” said Santino. “Flying the Pakistani Flag alongside the American Flag is a wonderful symbol of unity and inclusion.”
March 23rd is a national holiday in Pakistan which celebrates both the Lahore Resolution of 1940 and Republic Day (1956). The Lahore Resolution called for the creation of an independent state. This led to the creation of Pakistan, which celebrates this occasion with the national flag being hoisted on public and governmental buildings at dawn.
“It is humbling and amazing to live in a great country like America, where we can raise the flag of other countries to celebrate great moments in their history,” Clerk Ahmad added.
The Pakistani American Society of New York participates in organizing the flag raising ceremony every year and will also be instrumental in the first Hempstead Town Pakistan Independence Day Celebration scheduled for August.
“Pakistan embraces many of the same ideals that we hold dear in the United States,” concluded Santino. “I am proud to salute Pakistani Americans as they celebrate Pakistan Republic Day and the Lahore Resolution.”