The “WW1 Sikh Memorial Fund” was launched in September 2014 to create the UK’s first national memorial dedicated to Sikhs who fought during the Great War.
After a social media campaign we successfully received grassroots funding via the Kickstarter website to ensure the lasting legacy of Sikh remembrance.
It took months of planning and organising , but the monument was unveiled to the nation of Sunday 1st November 2015 at the National Memorial Arboretum. Supporters and guests from near and far joined a VIP line up for the event.
Speeches were delivered by dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire (representing Her Majesty The Queen), Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia, Peter Singh Virdee, Major General Patrick Sanders and memorial founder & Chairman J. Singh-Sohal.
There was worldwide media coverage of the event including in India, USA and the UK. This BBC News report about it went viral and (to date) has received 1.4M hits!
We hope you will be inspired to visit the monument at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Please do share your experiences and pictures with us via @SikhsAtWar
Below are related posts that will give you more insight into how we created and unveiled this historic monument.
Watch and Read:
Video: Creating the WW1 Sikh Memorial
Photo: The Medals of the Subedar
Publication: The Sikh Chronicles
Video: Memorial Event Speeches
Article: Depicting WW1 Sikhs in Art by artist Jag Lall
Article: Sikhs on the Western Front – by Major Gordon Corrigan
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