First US–funded Shahid Minar in USA inaugurated in New Jersey The first US-funded Shahid Minar (Martyrs’ Monument) in USA was formally inaugurated today in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. Mr. Md. Shameem Ahsan,ndc, Consul General of Bangladesh in New York formally cut the ribbon which was attended by Hon’ble Deputy Mayor of Paterson, Hon’ble Mr. Pedro Rodriguez, Council Vice-President Ms. Ruby Cotton, local Councilmen, Representatives from Passic County Office, elected US Officials/representatives and a good number of members of the Bangladesh community, among others.
The speakers expressed that the completion of the project was a memorable event for both Bangladesh as well as for the host county and also for the global community with multiple language identities. The Deputy Mayor expressed deep satisfaction of the Mayor’s office for being able to associate with the project.
He appreciated the Bangladesh community in Paterson specially for their love and passion for their culture and history. The Consul General of Bangladesh in New York attended as the Chief Guest and in his remarks thanked the City Mayor of Paterson City, PassicCounty Board, project partners and the community leaders on behalf of the Bangladesh government for their noble initiative and contribution.
He also highlighted It may be mentioned here that the Passic County made financial grants for the project in 2013 while the Paterson City Council allocated the land at the prime Westside Park in 2012 for construction of the Shahid Minar “to honour Bangladesh community in Paterson City and to acknowledge the multicultural significance of the mother tongue of the diverse immigrant communities”.
The newly inaugurated Shahid Minar in New Jersey is the first Shahhid Minar in USA which is fully funded by the local US authorities and its land is provided by the host government. Bangladesh community in Houston, Texas earlier built a Shahid Minar which was, however, fully funded by the community.