MP Tan Dhesi calling for a National Sikh War Memorial in central London
Calling for a National Sikh War Memorial in prime central London location
Sikh soldiers exhibited extraordinary bravery and sacrifices in the service of Great Britain,including during both World Wars . Though Sikhs made up only 2% of the population of British India , they formed 20% of the British Indian Army during the first World World War, and hundreds of thousands of Sikh soldiers saw active service during the two major wars and many other conflicts. More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers laid down their lives and more than 100,000 were injured during the World Wars.
For over a decade there has been a demand from various quarters for the installation of such a national monument, with the Mayor of London recently stating these brave individuals should have a memorial in our capital city.
Change.org petition calls on the Government to actively support the erection of a permanent national monument in a prime central London location. It would have huge additional benefits for community cohesion and integration within our country,the online petition has nearly 30,000 signatures.
MP Tan Dhesi the first turbaned Sikh elected into the UK parliament has launched a campaign with cross party support to back the National Sikh War Memorial Trust which is fundraising for the project. A gathering of cross party MPs, Lords, the Mayor of London, community representatives and social activists in the Houses of Parliament and Media.
A staggering £375,000 has already been pledged by fifteen generous donors, donating £25000 each. Together with all the support of the Government, the Mayor of London and the local authorities, a permanent national monument in a central London location will soon become a reality.