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UK statue to honour Sikh soldiers unveiled

The monument in the Greenhead Park marks the culmination of a project of the Sikh Soldier Organisation (SSO), which coordinated donations and other activities of the six feet high bronze statue that cost £65,000.

The monument in the Greenhead Park marks the culmination of a project of the Sikh Soldier Organisation (SSO), which coordinated donations and other activities of the six feet high bronze statue that cost £65,000. Various local bodies supported the project.

Kalvinder S. Bhullar, chairman of the SSO, described the artwork as ‘stunning’, and added: “We’ve accomplished our mission to get the statue put in place and the support we have had has been overwhelming.”

“Huddersfield’s vibrant Sikh community is one of the reasons why the town has been chosen for the perfect location of the statue.”

The SSO said that the closest estimates report that 83,005 Sikhs gave their lives on the battlefields in the two World Wars, with many more wounded.

London mayor Sadiq Khan and others have lent support for a similar memorial to Sikh soldiers in London. A memorial to the Sikh soldiers was unveiled in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in 2015.


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