Events to commemorate one-year since shooting at Sikh Temple

Events to commemorate one-year since shooting at Sikh Temple

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Aug 1, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 2, 2013

OAK CREEK - Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Sikh Temple, and there will be many events in the days leading up to Aug. 5 to commemorate the event.

Memorial services begin Friday marking one year since the shooting at the Sikh Temple.

Monday marks one year since a gunman stormed the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. A reading of the Sikh holy book will start at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

In Milwaukee, an observance hosted by U.S. Attorney James Santelle will start at 1:30 p.m. Five worshippers and the temple founder’s son died in the mass shooting.

Amardeep Kaleka, whose father died in the shooting, said that as horrific as this shooting was, it has fostered discussion on gun violence.

"The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin - Oak Creek is commencing the first annual Oak Creek Sikh Memorial Anniversary to honor those whose lives were lost or injured on August 5, 2012," the temple said. "Everyone is welcome to participate in all events."

Friday, August 2, 2013

10:30 a.m. - Akhand Paath, a continuous recitation of Shri Guru Granth Sahib, commences at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. It will last 48-hours and conclude on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Remembrance of the six departed souls at U.S. Federal Court House located at 517 East Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, WI.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

8:30 a.m. - Registration for Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Run/Walk: Turning Tragedy into Triumph at Oak Creek High School track area located at 340 E. Puetz Road in Oak Creek, WI.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Chardhi Kala 6K Run/Walk followed by food and games for the entire family. For more information, please visit

Sunday, August 4, 2013 - MAIN EVENT

10:30 a.m. - Akhand Paath concludes at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Kirtan, hymns sung in the praise of God, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Tributes to the departed souls, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

Monday, August 5, 2013

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - Simran, contemplative meditation, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
8:00 p.m. - Community Candlelight Vigil at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

*Langar (community meal) will be served throughout all four days.

6k Walk/Run event -

Registration is free and it can be done at

Donations are accepted for: Scholarship fund for kids who have done community service work in the past.

Memorial fund: Build a memorial structure in honor/commemoration of the six victims who laid their lives on Aug. 5.

"We would be honored if you would join us in remembering the victims, and the loved ones lost on that horrific day," the temple added. "Your presence would show that this is not only a Sikh tragedy, but also an American tragedy. We must fight this violence not with more violence but by coming together with kindness and love."