Bolingbrook man strives to preserve home country's culture
BOLINGBROOK – Local business leader Mir Ali describes the first time Pakistan’s flag was raised outside the village as a landmark event within the Pakistani and Bolingbrook communities.
“The first Pakistani people moved to Bolingbrook about 25 years ago,” Ali said. “And 22 years ago, Talat Rashid, a planning commissioner and founder of Bolingbrook’s Association of Pakistani Americans, lobbied that the flag be raised on Pakistani Independence Day.”
About 20 families witnessed Bolingbrook’s first Pakistani flag hoisting ceremony and Ali explains that the inaugural proceeding steadily evolved into Bolingbrook’s annual Pakistan Day – an event that is attended by locals and visitors from Iowa, Ohio and Canada – and shed light on Bolingbrook’s burgeoning Pakistani community.
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