Celebrating Vaisakhi with the Ministry of Defence
Celebrating the long standing links between the armed forces and the Sikh community, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) celebrated the festival of Vaisakhi.
Commencing with a Kirtan (prayer) by the Khalsa Secondary Academy, followed by a sermon on Hope by Reverend (Group Captain) John R Ellis and Vaisakhi messages by the British Armed Forces; the event was attended by Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence, RT Hon Mark Lancaster TD MP Min (DVRP), British Armed Forces Chaplain Bibi Mandeep Kaur and Lord Indarjit Singh.
Highlighting the spirit of the Sikh community, Rt Hon Fallon MP spoke about the valiant Sikh forces and how they sacrifice themselves by fighting selflessly not only for themselves but other faiths as well.
A display on traditional warrior weapons by Sahebzada Baba Ajit Singh Akhara, enthralled everyone present at the event.
Did you know?
In 1897, 21 Sikh soldiers defended a British Army post against 10,000 Afghan Tribesman. They fought defending the post in Tirah, now modern day Pakistan.
In World War II nearly 300,000 Sikhs fought for the Allies.
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