Cel­e­brat­ing In­dige­nous Peo­ples

NCR com­mem­o­rates Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Day & DND/ DND/CAF Ea­gle Staff trav­els to Vimy

Guard of Honour - - FRONT PAGE - MWO KIMBERLEE JONES

It was a great hon­our to be the Ea­gle Staff bearer at the 100th An­niver­sary of Vimy Ridge.

Be­ing an Ea­gle Staff car­rier is a daunt­ing task to be­gin with; each staff car­rier has to be cho­sen and given the teach­ings on what the staff rep­re­sents to In­dige­nous mem­bers of t he Cana­dian Armed Forces.

The 10 days lead­ing up to the 100th An­niver­sary of Vimy Ridge cer­e­mony on April 9 were quite a whirlwind. War­rant Of­fi­cer Shel­don Quinn and I st arted with a cou­ple of days in 8 Wing Tren­ton for drill and de­port­ment briefs. Once this was over we were able to meet the rest of the con­tin­gent and to re­ally un­der­stand what was go­ing to hap­pen while at Vimy Ridge.

We were fi­nally off ; first, the flight to Lille, France and then a ‘short’ bus ride to our ac­com­mo­da­tions in Mons, Bel­gium. This all made for a very long day but the fol­low­ing day we were able to have a day of rest and to visit our sur­round­ings then it was off to the site.

We were very lucky to have the De­fence His­tory and Her­itage His­to­ri­ans with us who us on a tour of var­i­ous lo­ca­tions along Vimy Ridge and to visit the trenches. How­ever, it wasn’t all fun and games; af­ter that it was back to the grind and many bus rides to and fro for pa­rade prac­tice. WO Quinn and I cre­ated a pa­rade for­mat of our own to ac­com­mo­date the ad­di­tion of the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence/ Cana­dian Armed Forces Ea­gle Staff in to the pa­rade cer­e­mony.

Light and sound show

One evening the band con­tin­gent was in­vited to take part in a Sun­set Cer­e­mony i n the city cen­tre of Ar­ras, France. The demon­stra­tion was an amaz­ing l i ght and sound show.

As the Ea­gle Staff Bear­ers, we were also in­vited to par­take in a Tra­di­tional Sun­rise Cer­e­mony on April 8, which was very cold and awe-in­spir­ing at the same time, and WO Quinn and I were quite hon­oured to at­tend.

April 9, t he big day had come at l ast. The an­nivers ar y c er­e­mony was t r uly hum­bling and s eemed t o go by very quickly. Lead­ing the con­tin­gent i n with the Ea­gle Staff was in­cred­i­ble, the amount of peo­ple there, well over 25,000 spec­ta­tors. WO Quinn and I also had an op­por­tu­nity to meet dig­ni­taries af­ter the cer­e­mony. Once it was over we headed back to Mons for some much needed rest.

The or­ga­niz­ers from Directorate His­tory and Her­itage and Cana­dian Joint Op­er­a­tions Com­mand planned an in­cred­i­ble trip.

CPL AN­DREW WESLEY, DIRECTORATE OF ARMY PUBLIC AF­FAIRS/ DIRECTORAT DES AFFAIRES PUBLIQUES DE L’ARMÉE

LGen Paul Wyn­nyk, Com­man­der of the Cana­dian Army and Na­tional Cham­pion for the De­fence Abo­rig­i­nal Ad­vi­sory Group, lays a wreath dur­ing cer­e­monies held at the Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Veter­ans Mon­u­ment in Ot­tawa

on June 21. Lgén Paul Wyn­nyk, com­man­dant de l’Armée cana­di­enne et Cham­pion na­tional du Groupe con­sul­tatif des Au­tochtones de la Défense, dé­pose une couronne lors de la céré­monie tenue au Mon­u­ment na­tional aux an­ciens com­bat­tants au­tochtones à Ot­tawa, le 21 juin.

CPL AN­DREW WESLEY, DIRECTORATE OF ARMY PUBLIC AF­FAIRS/ DIRECTORAT DES AFFAIRES PUBLIQUES DE L’ARMÉE

Sarah Askew, daugh­ter of Maj Cather­ine Askew, at Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Day cer­e­monies on June 21, in Ot­tawa. La fille du Maj Cather­ine Askew, Sarah, pen­dant la céré­monie de la Journée na­tionale des Au­tochtones, le 21 juin à Ot­tawa.

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