Minister of National Defence, Harjit Singh Sajjan delivers keynote address
KITCHENER, ON – The annual Sikh Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on, Sunday, November 5 at the military grave of Canadian World War I hero, Private Buckam Singh in Kitchener Ontario. This year, chief guests included Canada’s Minister of National Defence, The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan and Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters.
Almost 300 people including Canadian Forces soldiers, cadets, police officers, Royal Canadian legionnaires, veterans and elected officials from all levels of government gathered for the ceremony, weathering the rain at the only military grave in Canada of a Sikh soldier from the world wars.
Defence Minister Sajjan observed that it was 1914 when the ship Komagata Maru and its 300 South Asian passengers were turned away from Canada by force, yet one year later Buckam Singh enlisted in 1915. “It just goes to show the dedication he had for Canada, for doing the right thing and for a sense of service.”
“We owe our gratitude and our prosperity to the giants who give their lives for this country. Pvt. Buckam Singh is representative of all those who have served not only in the past but of those who are serving today. Pvt. Buckam Singh and all those who gave everything for us gave us a gift – a gift of freedom, a gift of prosperity,” remarked Minister Sajjan. Continue reading “ANNUAL SIKH REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY HONOURS CANADIAN SOLDIERS”