Six Na­tions Vet­er­ans Hon­oured

The Expositor (Brantford) - - LEST WE FORGET - by Xavier Kataquapit

The Six Na­tions Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade and ser­vice fea­tured a cer­e­mo­nial fly by of Har­vard World War II air­craft, a gun salute and pas­sion­ate speak­ers. The event was ac­cented by a vet­er­ans pa­rade amid the sounds of haunt­ing bag­pipes on Oc­to­ber 21 in Oh­sweken, Six Na­tions.

Ava Hill, Six Na­tions Coun­cil Chief paid a trib­ute to all those lo­cal peo­ple who fought or were killed or in­jured in past wars. She pro­vided con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of vet­er­ans Bob John­son, John Bradley Jr and Ger­ald Hope who passed this past year.

“We were all sad­dened when Bob John­son was taken by the cre­ator last De­cem­ber. He was a very ac­tive mem­ber of the Six Na­tions Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion and acted as the Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies and was one of the main or­ga­niz­ers for this cer­e­mony as long as I can re­mem­ber. He was also a mem­ber of our Six Na­tions Coun­cil and he con­tin­u­ally ad­vo­cated for our Six Na­tions vet­er­ans,” ex­plained Chief Hill.

She con­tin­ued to re­call the strong voice and en­ergy of vet­er­ans re­cently passed.

“A cou­ple of weeks ago we also lost a very good friend of mine John Bradley Jr. Johnny and I were high school friends and I re­mem­ber when he joined up with the army. We will miss Johnny for his ser­vice with the Six Na­tions Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion and Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch in Hagersville. He took over recit­ing the ‘Act of Re­mem­brance’ for us when his fa­ther John Se­nior passed and he also raised his strong voice to pro­vide the hon­our roll for us. I just heard that we also re­cently lost Ger­ald Hope who was very ac­tive and sup­port­ive of our vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tion, ” com­mented Chief Hill.

Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies for the event, Mar­wood White in­tro­duced speak­ers who de­liv­ered pas­sion­ate, sup­port­ive and en­light­en­ing words in re­mem­ber­ing the sac­ri­fices made by all the vet­er­ans. Th­ese speak­ers in­cluded: Will Bouma MPP Brant­ford-Brant Rid­ing and Lt. Col. Lawrence Hat­field, 56th Field Reg­i­ment of Brant­ford who also rep­re­sented Brant­ford-Brant MP Phil McCole­man.

Prayers were pro­vided by Padre Norm Casey with the hon­our roll and Act of Re­mem­brance read by Norma Gen­eral-Lick­ers while an­thems were sung by San­dra Hill-Bomberry. The Pa­rade Mar­shall was John Charleau and Sergeant At Arms was Mike White. Last Post and Amer­i­can Tap was per­formed by Bu­gler Mar­tyn Cooper and the Silent La­ment was piped by Jim Yates. The gun salute was staged by the 56th Field Ar­tillery Reg­i­ment of Brant­ford and the pa­rade was sup­ported by the 163 Pipes and Drums of Hamil­ton. The fly by was per­formed by the Cana­dian Har­vard Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion out of Till­son­burg.

The Re­mem­brance cer­e­mony fea­tured many lay­ing of wreaths by fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives in hon­our of the vet­er­ans.

Photo by Xavier Kataquapit

The Six Na­tions Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion An­nual Re­mem­brance Day Pa­rade on Oc­to­ber 21 in­cluded many rep­re­sen­ta­tives. From L-R: 2018 Miss In­dian De­fense League of Amer­ica (IDLA) Kari Hill, Cayuga Na­tion, Chief Ava Hill, Six Na­tions; Padre Norm Casey, Will Bouma MPP Brant­ford-Brant Rid­ing and Mar­wood White, Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies.

Photo by Xavier Kataquapit

A fly over was per­formed by Cana­dian Har­vard Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion from Till­son­burg, On­tario, as part of the Six Na­tions Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion An­nual Re­mem­brance Day Pa­rade and Ser­vice at the Six Na­tions Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Park in Oh­sweken on Oc­to­ber 21.

Photo by Xavier Kataquapit

Re­mem­brance cer­e­monies and ser­vices in Oh­sweken on Oc­to­ber 21 in­cluded the sing­ing of an­thems by San­dra Hill-Bomberry (left) and the recita­tion of Hon­our Roll Call and Act of Re­mem­brance by Norma Gen­eral-Lick­ers (right). Chief Ava Hill, Six Na­tions (cen­tre) spoke at the gath­er­ing.

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