Parents to attend Uday Singh's memorial service in US
The memorial service for Uday Singh who died in Iraq last month, will be held at the Sikh gurdwara in Palatine, Illinois. Singh's parents have flown in from India to attend his last ceremonies.india Updated: Jan 06, 2004 22:17 IST
The official memorial service for Uday Singh, the US soldier of Indian origin who died in Iraq last month, will be held at the Sikh gurdwara in Palatine, Illinois, on January 17.
Singh's parents have flown in from Chandigarh, India, to attend his last ceremonies in Washington D.C., Chicago and Illinois.
In Washington D.C. the rites will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery on January 8.
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn will lead the homage ceremony at Palatine. Singh will be posthumously awarded US citizenship at the ceremony.
The Goldstar Mothers' Association will present the Gold Star Banner to Singh's mother Manjit Kaur and his aunt Harpreet Datt, who was his local guardian in the US.
A large number of socio-cultural and charitable organisations of the Indian community are organising the Palatine service.
H.S. Chawla, president of the Palatine gurdwara, has appealed that "more and more numbers of organisations and members of the Chicago community must come and pay glorious tribute to the son of the Sikh community who fought valiantly and sacrificed his life for the US".
Singh was killed in Habbaniyah in Iraq December 1, 2003, while serving as a gunner with the US Army. He was cremated with US military honours in Chandigarh.
Born and brought up in Chandigarh, Singh migrated to the US in the 1990s and lived with his uncle Prem Datt and aunt Harpreet in Lake Forest, Illinois. He enlisted in the US Army in August 2000.