Kevin Vickers was recognized by WSO for upholding the right of Sikhs to wear kirpans in Parliament

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PARLIAMENT’S Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is a courageous man in more than one way.

The World Sikh Organization said in a statement on Thursday that it is saddened and shocked by Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Ottawa in which Cpl. Nathan Cirillo lost his life in the shooting at the Ottawa War Memorial.

The attack was stopped in the Parliament building by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers and other security personnel.

The WSO pointed out that Vickers had been recognized by it in 2011 for upholding the right of Sikhs to wear kirpans in the Parliament.

WSO President Dr. Amritpal Singh Shergill said: “We stand in solidarity with our fellow Canadians in condemning these atrocious attacks.  As we commend the quick and courageous action of Seargeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers in preventing any further loss of life, we also send our prayers and condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who lost his life while serving his country.

“The response of Canadians of all backgrounds to these attacks has shown that we will not be intimidated or daunted but will instead respond with courage and unity. We will not let this attack divide us.  Today, as Sikhs around the world commemorate Bandi Chhor Divas, let us reflect on what part we must play so that that freedom and justice can prevail.”