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A resolution recognizing the historical, cultural, and religious significance of Sikh Americans, and for other...

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A resolution recognizing the historical, cultural, and religious significance of Sikh Americans, and for other purposes.

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11/14/19

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Date: November 14, 2019

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116.SRES.427
Whereas Sikhs have been living in the United States for more than 120 years, and during the early 20th century, thousands of Sikh Americans worked on farms, in lumber mills and mines, and on the Oregon, Pacific, and Eastern Railroad;
Whereas Sikhs in the United States and around the world live the values and ideals of equality, service, and devotion to God first preached by the first of the ten living gurus and the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak;
Whereas the devotion of Guru Nanak to spiritual matters led him to embark on a 24-year spiritual journey throughout South Asia and to places outside South Asia, including Tibet, Baghdad, and Mecca;
Whereas Guru Nanak was the first of the ten living gurus whose wisdom is now contained in the Guru Granth Sahib, and the teachings of Guru Nanak became the basis of Sikhism;
Whereas 2019 is the year of the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak, and Guru Nanak's Gurpurab, which is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar, is celebrated across the United States and worldwide;
Whereas Vaisakhi, which is one of the most historically significant days of the year for Sikhs, is celebrated every April;
Whereas Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, and there are more than 25,000,000 Sikhs worldwide and more than 750,000 Sikh Americans;
Whereas Sikh men and women have notably contributed to the society of the United States since their arrival in the United States in the late 1800s;
Whereas Sikh Americans pursue diverse professions that add to the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of the United States, including by serving as members of the Armed Forces and making significant contributions in the fields of agriculture, information technology, small business, hospitality, trucking, medicine, and technology;
Whereas Sikh Americans, such as Bhagat Singh Thind, served in the Armed Forces during World War I and World War II;