Michelle Obama to meet gurdwara shooting victims next week
US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Wisconsin next week to meet the victims and family members of the Oak Creek gurdwara shooting that killed six sikh worshippers.chandigarh Updated: Aug 19, 2012 11:43 IST
US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Wisconsin next week to meet the victims and family members of the Oak Creek gurdwara shooting that killed six sikh worshippers.
The scheduled visit of the First Lady to Wisconsin is on August 23, the White House said, adding that it was part of Obama administration's reach out to the sikh Community who were shattered by the gurdwara shooting.
The sikh community has welcomed the White House announcement as a great gesture.
"It is great to hear that Michelle will be comforting the families devastated by the violence in the sikh temple motivated by hate and it is unquestionably a kind gesture.
"It is important that these families hear firsthand how she and the President feel about this terrible tragedy," said Dr Rajwant Singh, chairman of the sikh council.
"It is indeed critical that the top leadership acts in such a dignified manner to heal the raw wounds of the families and the entire sikh community. Sikhs have come together as a family and these bullets had hit our hearts," said Singh.
He added that a visit by the First Lady will be reassuring and heartening, and it will be powerful symbol of President Obama embracing the sikhs at this serious juncture.
"A visit of this sort restores the faith of the nation and brings everyone together," he said.
Six Sikh worshippers, including four Indian nationals, were killed when a white supremacist identified as Wade Michael Page went on a shooting rampage inside the gurdwara on August 5.