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Belgians to Pay Tributes to Punjabi Soldiers Martyred in WWI; 3 day Akhand Path in Chandigarh

Director, Flanders Field Museum, Belgium addresses Press Corpos virtually, along with Indian Army veterans


Chandigarh:  Remembering the sacrifices of Indian (mainly from undevided Punjab) soldiers in saving their country from occupation by Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Ottoman Empire in World War-I from 1914-1919, the Belgian war veterans led by Domineik Dendooven, Director Flanders Museum expressed his country’s gratitude to families of Indian Soldiers which comprised of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. Lakhs of Indian soldiers fighting  for Allied Forces alongside  British Army in WWI, were killed and wounded but they  kept flag of Allied Powers afloat exhibiting examplary bravery and loyalty for which Indian soldiers are known world over.

“Ypers is a vital phase of Belgian and Indian history wherein 1.5 lakh Punjabi soldiers lost their lives in two major WWI2 1World Wars. The tales of their bravery will remain immortal in the history of Belgium. This Akhand Path is a tribute by the citizens of Belgium on the holy festival of Baisakhi month.” emoted Dominiek, director of the famous history Museum of his country.

SikhyaAkhand Path is being organised  in Chandigarh,  Gurudwara Shri Guru Teg Bahadur in Sector 34 from April 26 to 28. Simultaneously Akhand Path is also being organised in Flanders Field Museum (Ypres). TYhis also marks the 325th anniversary of Khalsa Sajna Divas. WWI2

The press corps of Chandigarh and Punjab were addressed by Gen. KJ Singh (Retd.) GOC-in-Chief, Western Command, Chandimandir, War veteran Brig. GJ Singh, veteran Col. Perminder Singh Randhawa, the main organiser, founder of Sikhya Seekers. Tracing down the history of WWI and role of Punjabi soldiers who landed on foreign soil and were called “Gentlemen from India”. Col. Randhawa recalled his grandfather Surain Singh Randhawa was also part of Indian contingent.   Domineik told media that replicas of the theme “Coming World Remember Me” made from the blood soaked soils from war theatre in Belgium will be sent to families of Punjabi (Indian) soldiers to their villages, as grateful momentoes.                                        — Editor


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