Michelle to meet Gurdwara shooting victims in Wisconsin

Michelle Obama

In an effort to reach out to the Sikh Community, US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Wisconsin on August 23 to meet the victims and family members of the Gurdwara shooting that left six worshippers dead.

The scheduled visit of the First Lady to Wisconsin is on August 23, the White House yesterday said, adding that it was part of Obama Administration's reach out to the Sikh Community who were shattered by the Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting.

Michelle would be meeting the victims and family membersof those who were killed in the tragic incident, it said.

"We applaud the First Lady's visit of solidarity with the Sikh community," said Anju Bhargava, founder of Washington-based Hindu-American Seva Charities.

The Obama Administration had sent Attorney General Eric Holder for the memorial service who in his remarks had termed the incident as an act of hate and domestic terrorism.

"It is important that these families hear firsthand how she and the President feel about this terrible tragedy," said Dr Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council.

"It is indeed critical that the top leadership acts in such a dignified manner to heal the raw wounds of the families and the entire Sikh community. Sikhs have come together as a family and these bullets had hit our hearts," he said.

Singh said a visit by the First Lady will be reassuring and heartening and it will be powerful symbol of President Obama embracing the Sikhs at this serious juncture.

"A visit of this sort restores the faith of the nation and brings everyone together," he said."We would also like to thank the White House for taking the historic decision of having the First Lady visit the affected families and stand in solidarity with the community," said Manvinder Singh of United Sikhs, a Sikh advocacy group.

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