Unknown Sikh Soldier's Statue
Being part of the British colony, over 1.2 million Indians participated directly in great wars that saw them fighting for the British. Over 300,000 Sikhs soldiers were recruited and sent to wars across the globe defending Britain and liberating Europe.
Sikhs have always sacrificed their lives for the protection of the oppressed, the helpless and other religions. Their stories of courage, commitment and mate-ship are well known.
Sikhs from Australia and New Zealand also participated in World Wars alongside their ANZAC mates at Gallipoli and many other theaters of war.
Prof. Peter Stanley of UNSW Canberra, prize-winning military historian and author of Die in Battle … the Indians on Gallipoli, 1915 quotes – “An Australian stretcher-bearer on Gallipoli wrote in 1915 that Australians should always ‘extend an open hand of friendship’ to remember the ‘grand and game’ Indians he had served with. The erection of statues like this fulfills his hope.”
To this day, the sacrifices made by the Sikh soldiers are largely unknown to most people. Sikhs fought for the rights of others.
Their paramount attribute in the battle is to be their fearlessness. Sikh soldiers were known for their bravery and steadfastness. They volunteered to fight for the British Imperial Forces in many theaters across the world.
We wanted that the stories of the valor, sacrifices and commitment must be highlighted to the new generations and their legacy be told. Hence we came upon the idea of such an installation that portrays the story of their sacrifices and mate ship with all.
The project is approved by Blacktown Council and has been allocated a spot at Glenwood Lake Park in Glenwood.
The Project to install a glowing tribute to the commemorate the participation of Sikh soldiers is being undertaken under the auspices of Blacktown Council, NSW RSL, Sub Branch Blacktown, Glenwood community and Sikh institutions.
We need your financial support to make this project a source of inspiration and reminder of the legacy of he Sikh community.
We aim to complete this project towards Aug-Sept 2022, and invite the wider community to come together and support this project wholeheartedly. Your support will be highly appreciated.Fateh Foundation is a registered charity and all donations are tax exempt. Visit us on our website for more information