UK: A statue has been unveiled in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield to honour the role of thousands of Sikh soldiers who were part of the fight along with British forces in two World Wars. The six feet high bronze statue that cost £65,000 in the Greenhead Park marks the culmination of a project of Sikh Soldier Organisation (SSO), which coordinated donations and other activities. Meanwhile, other local bodies also supported the project.
The chairman of the SSO, Kalvinder S. Bhullar, described the monument as stunning. He added that “We have accomplished our mission to get the statue put in place. The support that we have had has been overwhelming.” He also said that “Huddersfield’s vibrant Sikh community is the reasons why this place has been chosen as the perfect location of the statue.”
The SSO stated that the estimates report that around 83,005 Sikh soldiers sacrificed their lives on the battlefields in the two World Wars, with many more wounded. Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and others have given full support for a similar memorial to Sikh soldiers in London. Earlier in 2015, a memorial to the Sikh soldiers was unveiled in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.