First of all a very happy 62nd Republic day to Pankhudi parivar from Pankhud Delhi team. This year Republic day was very special for us, cause rather than sitting at home, watching the grand Republic Day parade on television, we decided to take the kids right to the place where it is held, to personally make them feel what our country is all about- the rich culture, the fight for freedom and the larger-than-life display of our capabilities. And it was totally worth it as it turned out to be a terrific event for everybody including the volunteers.
All of us assembled at the slum at around 6:45 a.m. It took sometime to organize the kids who were brimming with energy and excitement. We were 10 volunteers, 25 kids(we took the older kids only), 3 teachers from the slum and mothers of two kids. We started from the slum at 7:45 and by 9:30 a.m. we were seated. Kids were made to sit right in front and we were seated few rows behind.
The event commenced with lighting of Amar Jyoti by the Prime Minister, then flag hoisting by the President and singing of the national anthem by all of us. It was such a patriotic moment for the crowd present. A streak of jet planes colored the sky with colourful patterns and showered rose petals on the spectators which was beautiful.