Overseas heroes of WWI honoured

25th Jul 2014

warsi with duke of kent WWI memorial

[Senior Foreign Office Minister, Baroness Warsi, and Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, inspect plaques commemorating men from overseas who were awarded the Victoria Cross]

Ahmed J Versi

Senior Foreign Office Minister, Baroness Warsi, and Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, unveiled plaques commemorating 175 men from overseas who were awarded the Victoria Cross during World War One at Lancaster House, on June 26.

Speaking about the event, Baroness Warsi, said WWI was “important to remember this was a truly global war, one which pulled in people from every corner of the earth.”

She added that sacrifices were made not only by people in the UK but “by many millions across the world…This was a war which saw extraordinary courage and sacrifice from an entire generation.”
Baroness Warsi told The Muslim News, after unveiling the plaques, that the event “gives me an opportunity to remind all of us in the UK that this was not a white war. It was a war fought by people of all colours and all backgrounds and all religions who fought side by side for the country that we have today.”

“And of course, for your paper, which caters specifically for the Muslim community, when there are so many questions raised about loyalty and belonging, what better example than those Muslim soldiers who gave their lives during the First World War, three of whom who were awarded the Victoria Cross to show that you can be Muslim and you can be British and that today’s Britain owes its present day to all of us, whatever our religious background,” Minister for Faith and Communities, added.

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