ARTESIA, CA – A large number of Artesians gathered around the Veterans Memorial at Artesia Park here for a candlelight vigil on May 11. Among these were many members of Artesia’s growing Nepalese community and Indian-Americans. Mayor Miguel Canales thanked all those who attended.
Also in attendance was the Honorary Consul of Nepal Rishi Dhakal, who thanked Artesia’s mayor for organizing this event and thanked all the council for its support. Nepalese Community Leader Bhakta Chapa and others also spoke. Prayers were led and words of compassion were given. A few stayed on through the night to continue the vigil.
Artesia is one of only a few communities who hosted a candlelight vigil for the Nepal earthquake victims. To donate money or tents which are urgently needed , visit http://familylinks.icrc.org/nepal-earthquake .