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Spiritual Life: Many faiths made sacrifice in wars

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 February 2018

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“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”

The remembrance service at Cenotaphs up and down the country has always been a religious service.

For many years I have been attending the Christian-led Remembrance Sunday with my family and see it as an important event in my calendar. I feel a direct emotion to those being remembered.

The first and second world wars saw the death of 83,000 Sikh soldiers. However, I have always felt disheartened at the lack

of awareness or interest

in the sacrifices of other faith communities in the world wars.

This need for education relating to unsung heroes has led to a national campaign by the British Sikh community to build a permanent memorial in central London to emphasise the Sikh sacrifice.

Last week saw the launch of The National Sikh War Memorial Trust in Parliament, hosted by Tan Dhesi, the first turbaned British Sikh MP. The campaign has received huge cross-party and public support.

Britain in 2018 is a diverse, multicultural society with building blocks from many different nations. In the same way, the history of Britain has witnessed a multicultural and multi-faith sacrifice.

There has been a notable change in the attendance of the remembrance services in Redbridge, with more members of the community participating. However, there is a need to work together on a collective education programme so that the masses appreciate the immense sacrifices of the many different faiths and groups in building this nation.


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