CHARLOTTETOWN – This year has been the year of the Aboriginal Veteran. Aboriginal veterans’ groups estimate that more than 12,000 Aboriginal people served in the three wars and many continue to serve today.
A “Heroes at Home” ceremony will be held Friday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall in the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, as a way of honouring and bringing to light the many accomplishments and sacrifices of these Aboriginal veterans.
The partners presenting this ceremony include the Native Council of P.E.I., Aboriginal Elders and Youth, Abegweit and Lennox Island Bands, Parks Canada, Veterans Affairs, P.E.I. Legion, Canadian Heritage, and P.E.I. Aboriginal Affairs. The partners have chosen this “season of giving” as an appropriate time to honour Aboriginal veterans who helped give freedom and peace to the world.
The ceremony will integrate Aboriginal culture and the official “Call to Remembrance”. Along with the Honor Song, the Colour Guard will be present and the “Last Post” and “Rouse” will be performed. Family members along with Aboriginal leaders will share memories of Aboriginal veterans they knew. Aboriginal pins created by the Royal Canadian Legion, will be given to the living veterans or family members of those who are now deceased.
Finally, there will be a candlelight vigil at the cenotaph in honour of all Aboriginal veterans and their families from Prince Edward Island.
The ultimate goal of Heroes at Home is to acknowledge all Aboriginal women and men who served this country as well as those who maintained the homesteads.