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Sikh memorial unveiled to honour WW1 soldiers

Sikh memorial unveiled today Credit: ITV News Central

The UK's first national Sikh memorial in honour of those who fought during the Great War has been unveiled.

The memorial is the first of its kind and was made by a team in Basingstoke in Hampshire. The statue commemorates the 130,000 Sikh soldiers who fought in the First World War.

Major General Patrick Sanders says it is important to recognise the role of Sikh soldiers during the Great War, and to honour their bravery:

Memorial to honour Sikh WW1 soldiers to be unveiled today

Sikh memorial, made in Basingstoke, to be unveiled today Credit: ITV News Meridian

The UK’s first national Sikh memorial in honour of those who fought during the Great War will be unveiled later today at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The “WW1 Sikh Memorial” is the first of its kind, and was made by a team in Basingstoke in Hampshire.

The statue commemorates the 130,000 Sikh soldiers who fought in the Great War.

Watch as the final finishing touches were made by craftsmen to the statue:

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Celebrations to mark birth of the Sikh religion

Celebrations will take place across the south east - this weekend to mark the birth of the Sikh religion.

Vaisakhi also celebrates the beginning of the Sikh New Year. Each year hundreds of people take part in parades on the most important day of their calendar.

The biggest ones will centre on the Gurdwara at Gravesend - one of the biggest Sikh temples in Europe.

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