Mahatma Gandhi arrives in South Florida

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Mahatma Gandhi arrives in South Florida
Davie, Florida October 2, 2012
Davie in Fort Lauderdate, South Florida, has become the seventh city in the United States to have a statue of the man who led India to independence and inspired civil rights and non-violent movements across the globe. The other cities to host the Gandhi statues are New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Washington.

The 7-foot high, 780-pound bronze statue of Gandhi was unveiled by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former Indian President from 2002-2007, at Davie's Falcon's Lea Park on October 2, 2012. The occasion marked the 143rd birth anniversary of the Father of the Indian Nation. "I would like to congratulate all the citizens of Davie", he said.

Earlier, addressing a throng of Indians, from men in business suits to women in shimmering dresses, Davie Mayor, Judy Paul, whose town dedicated the property for the monument, said that "in this day and age, we need a role model for peace and non-violence and there is no better role model. It is a great honor for all of us."

The statue is the centerpiece of the Gandhi Memorial within Falcon's Lea Park on West Stirling Road, which also includes square stepping stones, symbolic of the steps Gandhi took toward helping India achieve independence on 15th of August, 1947.

The design of the Gandhi Square located at Falcon’s Lea Park is intended to capture the essence of this great leader and his teachings. The prominent space allotted to the Square in the park ensures that it will be a focal point for visitors. The statue is also visible to people passing by along Stirling Road – a main thor-oughfare The square patterns with alternating colored step stones leading up to the Statue represent the steps Gandhi took in his lifetime strug-gle to achieve freedom for his people. These steps are bordered by lighted stone pillars which represent a “pathway of light” leading up to the statue itself. Gandhi was a person who led people to light from the darkness of oppression.

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