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Independence Day report – ICYM

On the 73rd Independence day Flag hoisting ceremony was organized at St. Dominic Church, Ashoknagar after the 8am Konkani mass by Ashonagar ICYM unit. Master of ceremony Miss Reshma Castelino welcomed the gathering. The chief guest, Ex Army Mr. Gopal V along with other dignitaries was invited to the dais. The other dignitaries present on the dais were Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Aquin Noronha, Asst. Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Royston Lobo, Vice president and secretary of Parish Council, Mr. Richard Gonsalves and Isac Furtado and ICYM Ashoknagar Unit President Miss.Anisha D’Souza.

God’s blessings were invoked on the program with the help of a prayer song sung by the ICYM members. The Flag hoisting was done by Chief Guest Mr. Gopal V, followed by paying respect to the nation by singing of the National Anthem.

This was followed by a patriotic speech by Miss.Jenifer Castelino. The Chief Guest Ex Army Mr. Gopal V who is also a Kargil war veteran was briefly introduced by Miss.Jean Lobo. This was followed by his address to the crowd, the main theme of the address being, for us to reflect upon and ask what we can do for the nation instead of asking what the nation can do for us.

Catholic Sabha Ashoknagar Unit then honored four of the Ex army service men belonging to our parish as a symbol of gratitude for their service to the nation. Amidst mild drizzling rain ICYM youth performed a small Patriotic dance which was enjoyed by the crowd.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Vinol Pinto. The program was concluded with Master of ceremony signing off.