For the 5th time American Sikhs participated in the 146th Chicago Memorial Day Parade on May 28th. They went by on a float, flags, posters, banners and a walking unit to honor and commemorate the contributions of the Sikhs in World Wars I and II.The banners and poster displays on the float featured photos and quotations which highlighted the contributions of Sikh soldiers to the success of the Allied troops during the World Wars.
Sikh Soldiers who gallantly fought and sacrificed their lives for the success of the Allies were part of British India Army. They bravely fought for the allies in France, Belgium, Italy, Israel and on many other places. In the two world wars, 83,005 Sikh soldiers died and 109,045 were wounded while fighting for the Allied forces.
This is a very significant time for Sikhs in America who are facing all kinds of challenges, from mistaken identity to being allowed to serve their country in uniform due to their articles of faith, beard and turban.
The Chicago Sikh Americans also participated in another Memorial Day Parade in Itasca, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, coordinated by Kuldip Singh Makker. The parade started from Bryn Mawr and Catalpa streets and ended at the Itasca train station.
The Chicago Sikh community also participated in Memorial Day Observance Ceremonies at Hoffman Estates Veterans Memorial Cemetery Site and St. Peter Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, Illinois. The ceremonies ended with a picnic in the garden decorated with posters of Sikh Soldiers from World Wars I and II. – CINEWS