When Pardeep Singh Nagra was a kid in Mississauga, he didn’t see Sikh soldiers in his history textbooks.

Now, the 45-year-old is standing in a room where you can read about the first Sikh soldier to win a Victoria Cross, Sepoy (later Captain) Ishar Singh in 1921, look at propaganda posters extolling the virtues of the Sikh's mighty whiskers, and admire row upon row of toy soldiers in turbans.

Nagra is the director of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada and he was still up at 4:30 am on Sunday morning putting the finishing touches to the museum’s 'Outwhiskered' exhibit for Remembrance Day.

The exhibits cover the 1800s to the present-day, with a major focus on the two World Wars, highlighting a history that is often forgotten.

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