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Walkers, ranging in age from 14 months to 78 years - overcoming all physical barriers, participated in the 4th annual “Family Walk For Family Heroes” walkathon organized by and held at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Beltsville, MD. In the past, this event has been dedicated to strengthening the family unity and building family values. However, in the true spirit of family, this year’s walkathon and all of its proceeds was donated to the BAPS Care International – U.S. Relief Fund for the victims and brave heroes of the September 11th tragedy. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Natwar Gandhi – Chief Financial Officer, Government of Washington DC, Mr. Walter Maloney – Council member, PG County, and other distinguished dignitaries. Invited guests and the event organizers addressed the enthusiastic crowd with words of inspiration. Five miles of walk was commenced at 9:45 AM and lasted for about two hours in which American flag waving to motorists and general public by young children delivered the message “United We Stand” and added inspiration for everyone participating.

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