Crowd pay their respects to downed WWII pilot

Crowd pay their respects to downed WWII pilot

Asees Kaur Bara on stage with Virsa Club. Photograph - Richard Polden.

About 275 people attended last weekend’s Sikh Heritage Trail event at Adenia Park in Riverton.

This emblematic day for the Sikh community represents the death of pilot Manmohan Singh who was shot by Japanese Zero aircraft in Broome during World War II.

The event was also an opportunity for community members to learn about the history of Sikh and respect the association’s strong heritage and the role the Sikh community has played in Australian history.

Some of the highlights of the event included live performances from youth dancers Virsa Club and the 12 member Western Australia’s Sikh Band.

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There was also an explanatory exhibition on display, along with six Sikh traditional games which adults and young people took part in.

Some people that attended said the contributions of  Sikhs in WWI and WWII has not surfaced enough and should be elevated as it clearly connects Sikhs with both Britain and Australia.

One of the biggest sport competitions for the Sikh Association of WA is coming up
during the Easter break with national Sikh games happening at Curtin University.

From 10am to 11am on April 12, 1200 players from over east and 1000 local players will compete in a number of games including cricket, volleyball, hockey, golf, netball, badminton and tennis.

Call Balbir Singh on 0407 989 163 or email president@sikhwa.