After the formation of MGMNT, with our persistent, dedicated efforts it took us four and half years to get all the needed approvals and permits from the city of Irving in March 2014, to build the existing Gandhi Memorial Plaza in Irving.
Ground Breaking Ceremony of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza took place on May 3rd, 2014. We were honored to have Hon. Nikki Randhawa Haley, the first female and the first Indian American Governor of South Carolina State, as Chief Guest of Honor besides many other dignitaries at the occasion.
The community active involvement and great support helped us to raise more than $800,000 and complete this project within a record breaking short span of five months.
It was a proud and historic moment for all our Indian Americans during the unveiling of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza on October 2, 2014 Gandhiji’s great-grandson Mr. Satish Dhupelia, made a special trip from South Africa to celebrate the 145th anniversary of his birth. We presented this memorial as an Indian American gift to the city of Irving to symbolize Peace and Friendship. This gesture brought our Indian community much closer to the mainstream.
At this unveiling ceremony, it was heartening to see the representatives from families of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. beside many Corporate CEOs, policy makers from India and USA.
We sincerely thank many India based community organizations, hundreds of donors, scores of volunteers and special thanks to Hon. Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and her staff for approving and giving us permission to build Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza, which now stands as the largest Gandhi memorial in the USA.
More than 200,000 vibrant Indian American community members of the Dallas-Fort Worth area comprisied of doctors, engineers, IT professionals, students, academicians, entrepreneurs, youth and senior citizens are now very excited to realize their dream of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza in the DFW metro area.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial turned out to be a unique landmark in USA. People from all regions, religions, and races like Indian-Americans, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Jewish-Americans became part of our organizing committee and worked hand-in-hand to make the project successful.
Our ongoing activities include ….
1. Recognizing and rewarding youth who excel in academic and extra-curricular activities.
2. Involving youth and senior citizens with the Irving city related community service projects.
3. Providing food to the needy in the area.
4. Supporting police and fire rescue departments.
5. Participating in clean and green environmental activities in the area.
6. Volunteering at different events hosted by the city of Irving.
7. Presenting outstanding achievement awards in various fields to deserving people on October 2nd of every year, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.
8. Promoting Gandhi’s principles and philosophy by hosting lecture series at various educational institutions.
9. Initiating and introducing courses like "Power of Peace & Non-violence" in various educational institutions
Our Annual events at this Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza include--
• India’s Republic Day (January 26th)
• Mahatma Gandhi Death Anniversary (January 30th)
• International Yoga Day (June 21st)
• India’s Independence Day (August 15th)
• International Day of Peace (September 21st)
• Mahatma Gandhi Birthday (October 2nd – with "Gandhi Banquet" & "Peace Walk") and any other appropriate events.
MGMNT Supported Activities in 2016 -
• MGMNT supported and sponsored two University of Texas Arlington (UTA) students- Ms. Fatima Ayan Mallika Hirsi and Ms. Katelin T. Smith to attend International Conference on Gandhian Philosophy & Activities (ICGPA) at New Delhi, India on May 29, 2016. This event was coordinated by Dr. Ritu G Khanduri, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, UTA.
• MGMNT established the “Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship” at UT Dallas, Richardson to support graduate fellowships.
• MGMNT helped the victims of an accidental fire that happened on April 8, 2016 at Jefferson Ridge Apartment Complex, Irving across from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza.
I’m pleased to announce that we have recently added a "Seating Area" with four park benches in front of the memorial and “Plant a Tree” project donor recognition pedestal beside the plaza. This couldn’t have been possible without many donors who came forward and contributed. We are planning for a second phase of expansion very soon and will reach out to you once again for your generous help.