World War One Memorial Service
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Scottish Sikhs pay tribute to the brave
On Sunday the 9th of November, Scottish Sikhs gathered for a special service of remembrance at the Glasgow Gurdwara to commemorate the servicemen and servicewomen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country in the First and Second World Wars.
The Commemoration Service honoured all Soldiers who have given their lives in conflict and war. During World War I more than 1.5 million Indians fought alongside other forces, from the trenches in Flanders to the harsh terrain of Galipoli and the oil fields of Mesopotamia men fought for the freedoms we often take for granted today.
Out of the 1.5 million Indian soldiers at least twenty percent were Sikh and this service held at the Glasgow Gurdwara today pays tribute to their bravery.
Surinder Singh President of the Glasgow Gurdwara said:
“Commemoration services are a fitting tribute to our fallen servicemen and servicewomen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts. Each service held across Scotland, such as this one at the Gurdwara, remind us of the futility of war and the losses endured by our local communities. They also provide people with a chance to pay their respects.
“It is extremely heartening that Sikhs in Scotland have come together to remember the fallen and unite as one community to make sure we suitably mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and reaffirm our commitment to peace throughout the world.”
Details of Service
Sunday 9th November
Commemoration service at 1.30pm
with a wreath laying ceremony at the Nishan Sahib (Sikh Flag) followed by Children planting poppies in the Gurdwara Gardens.
Media are welcome to attend photographs and interviews will be made available.