M’CHIGEENG—Island veterans and community members gathered at the M’Chigeeng First Nation Cenotaph last Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
The service began with the singing of O’ Canada, followed by master of ceremonies Colin Pick giving welcoming remarks.
“April 9 will mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge and a group of cadets from the Manitoulin Sea Cadets will be attending the service in France,” said Mr. Pick, adding that the six Island cadets, along with their four chaperones, would be joining 800 cadets and an expected 25,000 Canadians for the ceremony.
“The battle of Vimy Ridge is a mark on our history and we need to remember the 3,600 Canadian soldiers who were killed in action and the over 7,000 who were wounded during the battle,” added Mr. Pick.
M’Chigeeng residents Shirley and Lisa Ense read the names of the soldiers from the cenotaph including: Isadore Debassige, Issac Debassige, John Debassige, Tom Debassige, David Debassige, Ernest Debassige, Frank Debassige, George Debassige, Albert Migwans, Laurence Migwans, Paddy Migwans, Raymond Migwans, Issac Modess, Wildred Rene Cada, Stanley Modess, Justin Roy, Angus Able, Vincent Able, Cecil Ace, Fred Ace, Jonas Anwhatin, Charlie Beaudin, Jim Bisson, Dominic Corbiere, Frank Corbiere, George Corbiere, Phillip Corbiere and William Corbiere.
The Last Post was played prior to two minutes of silence. Members of the Sergeant Charles Golden Silver Star Memorial Rifle Team gave the rifle salute.
Ms. Ense and Ms. Ense, Fred Nesbitt, Jim Corrigan and Jerry Kitts, all laid wreaths.
Mr. Pick led the group in a reading of ‘In Flanders Fields,’ and the service concluded with the Act of Remembrance and a closing prayer.