On Friday 2nd July 2021, the Sierra Leone High Commission in London took part in a Garden Launch ceremony in the serene grounds of the Woolwich Garrison Church.
The High Commission was represented by H.E. Yvonne King-Odigboh, Sierra Leone’s Deputy High Commissioner in London.
The launching event which was graced by members of the diplomatic corps, senior military officers and retired service personnel witnessed the presentation of plans and proposals for ‘the Commonwealth and Gurkha Garden”.
There was a very moving dramatic act depicting the life of Havildar Umrao Singh, the only non-commissioned officer in the Royal Indian Artillery to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War.
It was a great atmosphere which was further enhanced by a set of melodious musical performances from talented violin and cello players.
The commonwealth and the Gurkhas have a long and glorious military history spanning centuries, and have been engaged in famous battles including that of complex UN peace keeping operations such as during the height of the savage rebel war in Sierra Leone.
The Commonwealth and Gurkha garden in Woolwich is designed to commemorate that glorious history of struggle and bravery marking the great sacrifices made by so many to maintain and sustain the goals of a common union.