Remembrance Day Ceremony
Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Each year since the discovery of Pvt. Buckam Singh's grave five years ago at Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario a Remembrance Day Ceremony has been organized by SikhMuseum.com on behalf of the Sikh Community. We gather at this historical place, as Pvt. Buckam Singh grave is the only military grave in Canada of a Sikh soldier from the World Wars.
We gather here annually to remember a Sikh Canadian war hero, honour all soldiers who have served and sacrificed for Canada and celebrate the Sikh tradition of military service.
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Sikh Military Heritage Exhibit
An historic exhibit celebrating the Sikh military tradition.
- View Pvt. Buckam Singh's Victory Medal, the only known surviving World War I medal of a Sikh soldier in the Canadian military
- Spectacular archival photographs, prints and drawings of Sikhs in the military including their contributions in World War I and World War II
- Rare artifacts and military medals awarded to Sikh soldiers
The exhibit was held at Malton Gurdwara on October 20-21 and at Dixie Gurdwara October 27-28.
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Remembrance Day Kirtan Darbar
A Kirtan Darbar in honour of those who have served and sacrificed.
Sunday November 11, 10am-2pm
Halton Sikh Cultural Association (Oakville Gurdwara)
2403 Khalsa Gate, Oakville
Sikh Remembrance Day Flyer (pdf) - Print it out!
Military Heritage Exhibit Flyer (pdf) - Print it out!
Brochure (pdf) about Pvt. Buckam Singh
A Special Remembrance Day Ceremony in Punjab
Canada consul general remembers Sikhs who
died fighting for Canada
Express news service : Chandigarh, Mon Nov 12 2012
The consul general of Canada, Scot Slessor, on Sunday started a tradition of ‘Remembrance Day Ceremony’ or the Poppy Day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty.
Scot Slessor on Sunday said, “We are starting the tradition here in India and especially in Punjab as there were many Sikh leaders who lost their lives while fighting for Canada in World War I. From now on, it will be a tradition that the Canadian Consulate will celebrate”.
He mentioned the name of a soldier, Private Buckam Singh, who is regularly saluted by senior military staff during Remembrance Day events. He is a testament to the many people, from all corners of the world, who have come to Canada and joined in the common pursuit of justice and the rule of law.
Bal Gosal, Minister of State for Sports, Canada, unveiled the plaque with details of the ceremony which is being conducted annually at Private Buckam’s grave since 2010. “It is because of this stone that we have come to know his story,” said the sports minister.
“Despite being forgotten for ninety years and never getting to see his family again, he is now being celebrated as a Sikh Canadian hero,” he added.
Buckham Singh was one of the earliest known Sikhs living in Ontario as well as one of only nine Sikhs known to have served with the Canadian Army in World War I. Private Buckam died in Ontario, far from his birthplace in 1919 at age 25 in a community that did not know the funeral rights of Sikhs.
His grave in Kitchener is the only known First World War Sikh Canadian soldier’s grave in Canada.
Honour and Sacrifice
With a long military tradition Sikhs have always been at the forefront in serving their country. Over 65,000 Sikh soldiers fought in WWI as part of the British Army and over 300,000 Sikhs fought against German and Japanese tyranny in WWII.
Past and Present
We will honour the service of our men and women of the Canadian Forces as well as remember all those who have served and sacrificed for their country in past wars.
Reclaiming a Forgotten Hero
Wounded twice on the battlefields of France in WWI, Canadian soldier Pvt. Buckam Singh was one of only 9 Sikh soldiers allowed to serve with Canadian Forces in WWI. With the discovery of his war medal and military grave the Sikh community has reclaimed a forgotten son and Canada has reclaimed the story of a hero.
View Photos of the 2011 Ceremony