veD OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF veDik LIFESTYLE IN USA:.....Diwaali STAMPS IN USA....
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on August 21, 2004

USA CONGRESSMAN ACKNOWLEDGES
CONTRIBUTION BY USA'S
veDik CITIZENS

From: THE HINDU: August 13, 2004:

Republican Congressman and Co-chairman of the India Caucus Joe Wilson, has reiterated his support for a Diwali stamp proposal, saying it would "send a positive message to the Indian American community".

"I believe the issuance of a Diwali stamp would send a positive message to the Indian American community about their assimilation and acceptance into American society", he said in a letter to Dr. Virginia H. Noelke, Chairwoman of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.

Wilson, whose father spent time in India during World War II said his father told him how "warm and welcoming the people of India were".

The Congressman who began working with the Indian American community in South Carolina since 1978, performing real estate closings for the Indian Americans, said he found many Indian American families to be "very hard working, entrepreneurial and proud to be American."

Nearly 40 per cent of all hotels in South Carolina are owned by Indian Americans, an important figure since hospitality is the number one industry in the State, he said.

Wilson who will lead a delegation of Members of Congress to India during the August recess wrote it would be a "wonderful way to commemorate the successes of the Indian American community in America by having the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee approve the finances of a Diwali stamp this year".



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