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Canadian Armed Forces Regiment Holds It's Remembrance Day Service In Toronto Gurdwara

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One Canadian Armed Forces regiment decided to break with tradition this year and hold its Remembrance Day service at a Toronto-area gurdwara.

Approximately 200 soldiers and 500 Sikh community members took part in Sunday’s service at the Gursikh Sabha Canada in Scarborough, Ontario.

“Everybody was just so happy. We were thanking them, they were thanking us,” said Pardeep Singh Nagra, executive director of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada and one of the event’s organizers.

Pardeep said the 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery wanted to change its annual church service and approached the museum for help.

Working with the Gursikh Sabha Canada, the goal was to host a service and curate an exhibit showing the public the Sikh community’s involvement in World War I and II.

The November 6 event marks the first time the 32 Canadian Brigade Group has moved its ceremony from a church to a gurdwara. But units in Western Canada have previously held Remembrance Day services at a Sikh place of worship.

According to a Canadian Armed Forces spokesperson, similar services have been held in Surrey, British Columbia since 2010.

Pardeep called the service a “proud” Canadian moment. “It continues the whole spirit of equality and inclusiveness,” he said.

Attendees ended the day with a langar -- the traditional free communal meal served to everyone who attends at a gurdwara.


[Courtesy: The Huffington Post. Edited for sikhchic.com]
November 8, 2016
 

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1: Hardev Singh Thethy (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada), November 08, 2016, 7:34 PM.

What an extraordinary sight to behold. Due credit to all those that made this event possible.

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