“Duty, Honour and Izzat”, an exhibit outlining the often overlooked contribution of South Asian soldiers on the battlefields of the First World War, is on display at the B.C.’s Parliament Buildings.
The exhibit tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who travelled around the globe, far from their homes, to fight against a common enemy. These brave soldiers fought, lived and died beside Canadians, British, French and other allied troops in battles such as Ypres and Neuve Chappelle.
Visitors will enjoy historical illustration, descriptions and photographs showing the diverse nature and geography of the South Asian soldiers of the era.
The display was made possible through Community and Employer Partnership funding from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, and travelled around the Lower Mainland on display in the fall of 2014.
Many of the descendants of Canadian and South Asian veterans have found their way to B.C. since that war, and closing a circle, have come together again as part of this province’s rich multicultural community.