Indian Independence Day celebrated in Binghamton

By Josh Martin

August 15, 2014 Updated Aug 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Mayor Rich David joined members of the Indian-American community in raising the national flag in honor of India Independence Day Friday.

In Hindu Dharma, it is said that using violence is not the way to fight for your principles and beliefs. The struggle for Indian independence was won without the use of violence or force.

"It is my pleasure to welcome you here and play a role in raising the Indian flag over city hall to celebrate this significant day," said David.

India is celebrating 67 years of freedom from British and Irish rule. Indian Independence Day is spent hoisting the flag and remembering the freedom fighters who made independence possible.

"When the flag flies, it just means that we have the most precious thing, and that is our freedom," said Sowmya Murali, an Indian-American community member.

After the flag was raised, residents distributed sweets to one another to remember how sweet freedom is.

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