A memorial service
to honor the 21 year old fallen U.S. soldier Sergeant Uday Singh
PALATINE, Illinois: A memorial service to honor
the 21 year old fallen U.S. soldier Sergeant Uday Singh, of Lake
Forest Illinois will be held at the Sikh Religious Society of
Chicagoâ€s Gurdwara (a Sikh place of worship),
at 1280 Winnetka Street, Palatine Illinois 60067, (phone 847-358-1117),
on Saturday January 17, 2004, at 1 pm to 3 pm.
The services are open to public and the media.
Several hundred people, family members, many dignitaries, and
elected officials including Illinois' Governor, US Senators, Congressmen
and Mayors are expected to attend.
The services will include Keertan (singing of
hymns from Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scripture), prayers,
and eulogies from the family, friends, community leaders, and
dignitaries followed by refreshments and fellowship. Udayâ€s
parents Preet Mahinder Singh and Taneya Singh, sister Bani Kaur,
mother Manjit Kaur, uncle Prem Jay Datt and aunt Harpreet Kaur
Taunque Datt will attend the service.
The official memorial services for Sergeant Uday
Singh are being held at
Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC on January 8, 2004
at 1 pm, where the family from India and Illinois, community at
large and a Sikh priest and diginitaries from DC area will participate.
These services will be led by the Brigadier General O'Niell. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/
The "Sergeant Uday Singh Memorial Foundation"
has been established to support a permanent memorial in Lake Forest,
and a scholarship in Sergeant Singh's memory. Donations can be
made to this tax-exempt foundation: â€Sergeant
Uday Singh Memorial Foundationâ€, 851 Lane Lorraine
St., Lake Forest, IL 60045.
Details about the services, more information about
the Sikh community, their â€ Saint Soldierâ€
character, their role in world wars I and II fighting for the
allies, their military heritage, and other relevant website links
are posted at websites: www.PCSChicago.org , and www.SikhAmerican.org