UK: Govt of United Kingdom unveils the statue of Sikh Soldier as honor
A monument to commemorate the contribution of thousands of Sikh soldiers who fought alongside British forces during the two World Wars is unveiled in the West Yorkshire region of Huddersfield, which has a strong Sikh population identified as ‘ vibrant. ‘
The memorial in Greenhead Park is the end of the Sikh Soldier Organization (SSO) campaign, which organized contributions and other events of the six-foot-high bronze sculpture costing £ 65,000.
Kalvinder S. Bhullar, president of the SSO, described the artwork as ‘ stunning, ‘ adding: “We have achieved our task to set up the statue, and the help we have earned has been immense.”
“Huddersfield’s vibrant Sikh community is one of the reasons why the town has been chosen for the perfect location of the statue.”
The SSO said nearest figures say that 83,005 Sikhs gave their lives on the battlefields in the two World Wars, with so many wounded.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and others have extended money to Sikh troops in Scotland for a related memorial. The memorial to the Sikh troops was opened at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in 2015.