Remembrance 2009Date: Monday, 16 November, 2009
In recent years the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail has brokered a working relationship with the Royal British Legion, the nation's custodian of Remembrance. The RBL ensures that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The poppy has become the symbol of Remembrance worn during the weeks leading to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day and it was encouraging to see more Sikhs not only wearing the poppy but also Sikh volunteers in Gurudwara's and other locations.
Following on from last year's pioneering work once again ASHT co-ordinated Sikh representation at specific Remembrance day events across the country. Explaining the strategy ASHT Director Harbinder Singh said "We felt that for too long Sikh's had been passive observers at a time in the national calendar which more than any other captures the spirit of sacrifice and service for which we are renowned. We felt it was important that the Sikh community should take a more meaningful part in Remembrance , not merely because of the sacrifices of our forefathers , but because we must take it upon ourselves to ensure that throughout the length and breadth of these shores we educate others about this history. It is for this reason that ASHT has been focusing on arranging and co-ordinating a Sikh presence in locations that are outside of the major conurbations"