Source: Hindustan Times
The UK has unveiled a sculpture in honor of Indians soldiers who had fought during the World War – I. This is in the Smethwick town of West Midlands region in England. The Lions of the Great War monument was commissioned by Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick. It depicts a Sikh soldier wearing a turban.
The sculpture honors the sacrifices made by lakhs of service personnel from South Asia of all faiths. These are fought for the UK in the world wars and other wars as a part of the British Indian Army.
President of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick Jatinder Singh said that we are very proud to unveil this memorial. This is in honor of the sacrifice of brave men who traveled 1000s of miles to fight for a nation that was not theirs, he added.
The 10 feet bronze statue was revealed in Smethwick High Street. This is in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War –I in 1918 November. It is also referred to as the Great War, as quoted by the Hindu. The monument was a part of the partnership between the local Sandwell Council and the Gurdwara.
Councilor Steve Eling Leader of Sandwell Council said that it is crucial to remember the sacrifices made by the people for the nation.
More than 1.5 million soldiers of India had been sent to the World War I said the artist who designed the statue Like Perry. I failed to comprehend why Britain has ignored their contribution for such a long time, said the artist.
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