- Posted August 7, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Sikh community speaks out
Palatine, IL Temple Vigil
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer
Evening candlelight vigil at the Palatine Gurudwara (temple) in Illinois. Hundreds congregated with prayers given by people of various religions - showing unity, respect, and strength.
My wife and I chose to attend the vigil to support our community and family of Sikhs, who are going through an amazingly hard time, and to show that our strength is still here, regardless of these senseless acts.
The event hit home. Not in terms of vicinity to our residence in Chicago, but the home that we share with all Sikh Americans. It hurt my wife and I to see such an act could (still) be administered in a place of worship, where we practice peace and acceptance of all people, no matter their background. It amazes me to see that such ignorance is still prevalent in this day and age but shows us that continued education is needed to make positives shifts in our culture.
Hundreds attended the vigil, which truly showed how united we are as Sikhs and that one person's acts will not deter us from continuing down our positive path.