Midwest and South U.S.A.: Practitioners Celebrate World Falun Dafa Day, Governments Issue Proclamations
(Minghui.org) As the 17th annual Falun Dafa Day, May 13, is approaching, reports of celebrations all over the world keep pouring in. Here, we provide snapshots of several events held in Midwest and Southern U.S.A. cities.
Practitioners from the greater Dallas area and Oklahoma held a celebration in Russell Creek Park in the City of Plano on May 7. Two Plano City Council members came to the event, and read a recent proclamation issued by the mayor.
In the proclamation Mayor Harry Larosiliere recognized Falun Dafa as an advanced self-improvement practice for the mind and body, which is peaceful, healthy and rooted in ancient Chinese culture.
The mayor also praised the teaching of Falun Dafa – Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance – and the positive impact that Falun Dafa has brought to the community.
Mayors of another six cities in the greater Dallas area also proclaimed May 7 World Falun Dafa Day.
Practitioners from the greater Chicago area held group exercises and a photo exhibition at the well-known tourist spot, Buckingham Fountain. They shared the beauty of Falun Gong and exposed the brutal persecution of the practice in China.
Jim Ardis, the Mayor of Peoria, IL, proclaimed May 13 to be Falun Dafa Day in Peoria. In the proclamation he praised Falun Gong for “helping people turn away from violence, drugs, and alcohol to pursue more meaningful lives by taking responsibility for their own decisions and actions.”
St. Louis, Missouri
The celebration in St. Louis was held in the landmark Forest Park on May 7.
Practitioners from all walks of life, spanning professions from pilots to biologist, from 4 years old to 80 years old, expressed their appreciation for Falun Gong, which has healed their allergies, asthma, and even cancer.