Tur­ban ban dis­hon­oured Sikh vets


Re Why Today’s Veter­ans Avoid The Le­gion, by Robert Smol (NOW, Novem­ber 10-16). My whole fam­ily served this coun­try since be­fore it was a coun­try. My grand­fa­ther was in­stru­men­tal in the cre­ation of the Temagami Le­gion af­ter World War I. When I was a kid, I read about the fall of Sin­ga­pore in World War II and saw a se­ries of pho­tos of blind­folded Sikhs, Hin­dus and Mus­lims cap­tured af­ter Sin­ga­pore fell.

Ap­par­ently, these sol­diers re­fused to join the Ja­panese and were ex­e­cuted. Years later, the Le­gion re­fused to al­low Sikh vets be­cause they wore tur­bans. That was it for me. Steve Turner From now­toronto.com

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