October 2nd, 2019
Today thousands of people turned out to pay their respects at a final farewell to Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal of Harris County who was gunned down during a traffic stop last week.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Dhaliwal was “a man of dedication, faith, love and compassion. Sandeep has brought this entire community together, in a very powerful way, in a way only Sandeep could do.”
Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of Harris County was the first member of the Sikh community to join the sheriff’s office and was also the first in the country who was allowed to wear the articles of religion- turban and beard.
Today we saw unity and unity of Sikhs from across the world and the law enforcement personnel. There were thousands of people, including law enforcement personnel from the U.S. and Canada, and a large Sikh community across from Texas and all around the world who were present in the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the nation’s first Sikh state’s attorney general, said Dhaliwal “inspired an entire generation of Sikhs to public service.”
Mayor Sylvester Turned declared October 2nd as Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal day in Houston. First time in the USA history for a Sikh to be acknowledged and recognized this way.
The traditional Sikh funeral rites start with a priest singing sacred hymns. At different points during the ceremony, the priest paused to translate for those who do not speak Punjabi.
At there service were also present, Captain Simratpal Singh, a U.S. Army captain, flanked by other members of the Sikh community in military service, described Dhaliwal as “humble, fearless, not dissuaded by negativity. “Our lion may be gone physically, but his legacy of selfless service and of breaking down barriers will continue to live.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke before thousands during the Sikh part of the ceremony, told Dhaliwal’s wife and three children the community “supports you and lifts you up. We are grateful for your father’s service and his sacrifice and his legacy,” Cruz said.
Sikhism founded in the 15th century in the Indian region of Punjab. It has about 27 million followers worldwide, most of them in India, and more than half a million in the USA.
Mr. Baljit Singh, from Laughing at Life was also present at the Berry Center today. Laughing at Life is coming forward to educate the community to be part community profession like Police. Mr. Baljit Singh added, “We are working with various Police Departments in USA and Canada. We look forward to keep the legacy of Sandeep alive with this humble program of Being Sandeep. In this we will reach out to the community to educate on how they can join the Police force in USA. Let us serve the Nation and also serve our community.”
Mr. Baljit Singh further added, “We are working with various city officials on Mental Health and how we can bring awareness to the community on where to find and get help. We will further add on how they can be part of the Being Sandeep to serve the community.”
You can watch the entire service from today on Mr. Baljit Singh Facebook account. Click on the links below to watch further.
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