Sapper Jasjit Singh Becomes First Turbaned Guy On Australia's Anzac Day
Another turbaned Punjabi creates history! Jasjit Singh, an Army Reserve Combat Engineer, became the first turbaned sapper to represent the Australian Army during the Anzac Day on April 25.
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According to many reports, Jasjit Singh is the first and only turban-wearing sapper who took part in the Catafalque Party that slow-marched inside the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground ahead of the annual Anzac Day match on April 25.
As the tradition goes, every year, a group of specially trained army personals march towards and into the MCG ahead of the Essendon vs Collingwood AFL match. This service is performed in the honour of the Anzac soldiers who served and sacrificed in the Gallipoli Campaign.
In an interview with SBS Punjabi, Jasjit Singh said, “It was an honour and an incredible opportunity to have been formed part of the Catafalque Party that allowed me to represent the Australian Army and the Sikhs at the same time.”
He further added, “The reason I tried so hard to get on the MCG catafalque party was so I could be seen as a Sikh on the international stage and spark curiosity and in time understanding and acceptance of the differences between a Sikh and non-Sikh.” “The aim was to highlight the diversity and the cohesion on The Australian Army which is incredibly important to make visible in the wider community. With all the terrible things happening around the word it is a pivotal time in history to either unite different communities or let them live in ignorance and fear.”
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Going by his words, the feedback he has received so far has been amazing. Jasjit said, “People are already messaging and commenting on Facebook that they had no idea about the ‘puggaree’ or the slouch hat and a high school history teacher has mentioned that they are going to be taking this information to the classrooms.”
After Satinder Sartaaj, who became the first turbaned person to perform at the Sydney Opera House, Jasjit Singh is the second person to shine Punjab’s name in the world. Punjab is certainly proud of him.