Sikhs honour war dead

From left: Husveena Singh with her grandfather's medal,Harneet Kaur, Husveena's grandmother Kuldeep Jassal and Kuldeep’s daughter Kuljit Singh. d399119
From left: Husveena Singh with her grandfather's medal,Harneet Kaur, Husveena's grandmother Kuldeep Jassal and Kuldeep’s daughter Kuljit Singh. d399119

The Western Australian Sikh community will join in the tradition of paying respects to their forefathers who fought alongside Australian troops during both world wars.

The Sikhs have been living in Australia since the 1800s and many fought for this country during the world wars

Since 2005, there has been a large contingent of Sikhs at the Anzac Day ceremonial services and for the second time, Sikhs will attend the Cannington RSL Dawn Service.

An ex-Royal Australian Air Force officer and representative of the Sikh community, Kuljit Singh, said it was important for Sikhs to pay their respects.

Mrs Singh’s family moved to Australia in 1988 and still today carry the medals of their forefathers. ‘We want the Australian public to know that our grandfathers fought alongside their grandfathers in Gallipoli and more than 80,000 Sikhs died in the two world wars as part of the Allied forces,’ she said.

‘I have heard Sikhs sharing stories with Australian families about our troops who fought beside each other in battle.

‘It is important for us to teach our children the importance of Anzac Day so they can remember their great-grandfathers lost in battle.’

Mrs Singh’s daughter Husveena will play in the Western Australian Sikh Band, which will lead the Sikh contingent in this year’s March.