In honor of Indian soldiers a new sculpture, who fought during World War I was unveiled in Smethwick, England. Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick had commissioned the Lions of the Great War monument, which depicts a turbaned Sikh soldier, to honor the sacrifices made by millions of South Asian service personnel of all faiths who fought as part of the British Indian Army. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in November 1918, the 10-foot bronze statue was unveiled in Smethwick High Street. As collaboration between the Gurdwara and the local Sandwell Council the new Lions of the Great War monument have been placed between the High Street and Tollhouse Way in the town of Smethwick. Designed by local West Midlands artist Luke Perry, the statue stands on a granite plinth with inscriptions naming the regiments in which South Asian soldiers served during the Great War. Over 74,000 soldiers came from undivided India and lost of their lives. 11 of them even won the Victoria Cross for their outstanding bravery. A Khadi version of the poppy was launched by Indian-origin peer Lord Jitesh Gadhia this year. The Poppy Appeal is an annual fundraising campaign for war veterans held in the lead up to Armistice Day, with politicians and members of the public across the country wearing a cloth-based poppy on their lapels as a sign of respect for the war dead.