As helicopters flew over, flags were raised, and prayers were sung on Wednesday at the cenotaph on Long Plain First Nation.
This was all part of the annual National Indigenous Veterans Day ceremony, which Chief of Long Plain, Kyra Wilson, says is to remember everyone who served for the community and the country, their families and the sacrifice they made for our freedom.
"I am here to serve our nation and do whatever I can to showcase our beautiful community. Our veterans are a big part of who we are as a nation and as a community. I'm just very honoured to be able to do my part in remembering our veterans."
While a handful of living veterans from the First Nation were at the event, the name of every fallen soldier from Long Plain was read out at the ceremony. Wilson says this is a beautiful way never to forget them and honour their families.
"We always need to say their names and to remember them. Say their names out loud. That's an important part of the ceremony, to continually say their name and remember the work that they did."
An Indigenous Veterans Day ceremony takes place on Long Plain First Nation. pic.twitter.com/BEtb6dWV3L— PortageOnline (@PortageOnline_) November 8, 2023
Observed in Canada annually on 8 November, National Indigenous Veterans Day is a memorial day in recognition of Aboriginal contributions to military service. National Indigenous Veterans Day was first commemorated in 1994.
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