Oak Creek shooting
All welcomed to attend Friday's wake, visitation for temple shooting victims
OAK CREEK- Thousands of people are expected to attend the visitation and wake for the six people who died during the Sikh temple shooting.
Everyone is welcome at Friday's wake and visitation at Oak Creek High School.
But it will be traditionally Sikh, and there are some traditions folks should be made aware of.
The head priest from Brookfield's Sikh temple says Friday morning will be emotional. "It will be both sorrow and joy,"said Brookfield Sikh temple head priest Surjit Singh.
The services will begin at 9 a.m. and all of the victims' bodies will be present in open caskets.
Another tradition Sikhs believe is that heads should be covered and shoes removed during prayer.
The priest and his wife told TODAY'S TMJ4 that scarves will be provided.
The Sikh community really wants to emphasize to everyone that this is what they would like everyone to cover their heads. For Sikhs it is a matter of religious respect.
The priest told TODAY'S TMJ4 he will be one of several religious leaders officiating at Friday's services.
"If someone wants to wear black, they can," said the priest on what is respectful attire. "Black, white any color."
And more than anything, he just wants to emphasize that this will be a peaceful event open to local Sikhs, and anyone who wants to pay homage to the victims.
Security on Friday is expected to be very tight.