July 1, 2016
Distinguished guests and honored friends. On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is a sincere pleasure to welcome you all here to celebrate America’s independence and our country’s wonderful natural heritage. I’d like to extend a special welcome to Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who has been a tireless champion of closer security cooperation between our two countries. Let’s also have a round of applause for the U.S. Embassy Marine Guard detachment, service-members from Mission India, and the other missions represented here, and of course the Flagship Brass Quintet from the U.S. 7th Fleet! Thank you for your selfless service. And I’d be remiss if I did not acknowledge the generous donors who made tonight’s celebration possible. Without their support, this would be a very bland – and – sober affair!