London: Sikh soldiers who fought with British
troops in conflicts around the world will be honoured
in the UK by showcasing the Khanda, which is one of the
important symbols of Sikhism, and reflects the sacrifices and
contribution of the Indian-origin community.
The charity organisation that raises funds for soldiers
who served or are serving in Britain`s armed forces will
honour Sikh soldiers this year by including the Khanda in its
annual Poppy Appeal.
The appeal is organised annually by the Royal British
Legion, and is held on `Remembrance Sunday`, which this year
falls on November 13.
In this year’s appeal in Leicestershire, which has a
significant Sikh population, the Khanda will join the
Christian cross, the Jewish Star of David and the Muslim
Crescent which have been introduced in recent years.
The Khanda, made up of a solid circle, two interlocked
swords and a double-edged sword, will be on sale alongside
poppies and the other wooden emblems.
Jennifer Leach, the Legion`s community fund-raiser in
Leicestershire and Rutland, told the local media: "We have had
representations from the Sikh community nationally and locally
and we felt it was time to produce the Khanda."
"We are very happy to be able to mark the sacrifices
which have been made by Sikh soldiers who have fought and died
in the British Army."
Resham Singh Sandu, the High Sheriff of Leicestershire
and the first Sikh to hold the post, said he was delighted to
hear of the new Poppy Appeal emblem.