Indians in the United States celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by pouring soil, taken from the Sabarmati Ashram, into the crypt of the American Legion Peace Garden in Cleveland, Ohio and installing the statue of the Mahatma.
Indian Ambassador to the US Ronen Sen, who led a large group of prominent Indian-Americans and their families in a 'Parade of Nations' to the one-acre plot allocated by the city designated as the 'India Garden' in the picturesque Rockefeller Park in Cleveland, poured soil.
Apart from the national anthems of the two countries, the favourite songs of Bapuji were sung. The American Legion Peace Garden and Parks are dedicated to different nations to promote international understanding and peace.
At the India Park, the Ambassador of India unveiled a 10-foot bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi created by the well-known sculptor, Gautam Pal. Those who participated in this ceremony and paid their tributes to the Mahatma on the occasion of his 137th birth anniversary included Reverend Otis Moss, a highly respected civil rights leader and associate of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
Also present was US Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who is deeply influenced by the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi, and had allocated the land for the India Garden, located at Martin Luther King Boulevard, when he was Mayor of Cleveland.
Speaking on these occasions, Sen recalled the visit of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr to India, which he had described as a pilgrimage to the land of Mahatma Gandhi.