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The Sikh community around the world is celebrating a moment of great pride as Gurjiwan Singh Chahal, a young Sikh man, has graduated from the prestigious West Point Military Academy in America. This historic achievement has not only made the Sikh community proud but also serves as an inspiration for individuals of all backgrounds. 

Gurjiwan took to social media to share his excitement and feelings, sharing pictures of his graduation ceremony and expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to attend such a renowned institution. 

He wrote,

“An upgrade 4 years in the making. 

Proud and more importantly, humbled, to have graduated from the United States Military Academy and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. 

Thanks to @simmer_singh1 for administering my oath. 

Go Army, Beat Navy forever”

In response to this tweet, someone on Twitter asked Gurjiwan about the traditional headdress because they were interested. Gurjiwam told him that "turban was officially added to the 2019 version of AR-670-1 and has been there ever since." The good news was also posted on the official Instagram page of the Sikh expo. They talked about what the excellent cadet had done and what he had learned.

Setting new norms for Sikh youth 

The accomplishment of Gurjiwan has shattered stereotypes and demonstrated the capacity of Sikh individuals to excel in all fields. This significant achievement is a testament to the dedication, perseverance, and hard work of Gurjiwan and his family, who have supported him throughout his academic journey. Gurjiwan's achievement serves as a reminder of the importance of diversity and inclusion in our society and the incredible potential of all individuals, regardless of their background or beliefs.

He also shared a picture of himself from the Michie Stadium. The picture not only captured his pride and joy of graduating from the prestigious military academy but also revealed a significant fact about his achievement. Singh is one of the first two Sikhs ever to hold onto their Sikh articles of faith while graduating from the academy in its 215-year-old history. This is a significant achievement and a testament to the progress that has been made in promoting religious diversity and inclusivity in institutions like the military academy. It is also a source of inspiration for other young Sikhs who aspire to serve their country while remaining true to their faith. Singh's accomplishment is a reminder that with determination and dedication, one can overcome any obstacle and achieve their dreams while staying true to their beliefs.

 

*Based on an article published in Kiddaan on 24th May 2021

 

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