WIKWEMIKONG— Wikwemikong’s warrior spirit is very much alive and well, as evidenced by the recent showing of community support at the Remembrance Day services held last week at the Holy Cross Church.

It was a full house at the Remembrance Day service held at the Holy Cross Church in Wikwemikong.
It was a full house at the Remembrance Day service held at the Holy Cross Church in Wikwemikong.

It was standing room only for the Remembrance Day mass at Holy Cross Church with residents of all ages and from First Nations across Manitoulin gathering to pay their respects to the many, many warriors who served this country in the First World War, Second World War, Korean conflict and Vietnam War as well as more recent peacekeeping and conflict missions.

Chief Duke Peltier thanked everyone “for coming to remember the contribution of the veterans and the Anishinaabek” and for giving the ultimate sacrifice, securing peace, freedom and humanity.

A Wikwemikong youth places a wreath at the Warriors Monument. photos by Alicia McCutcheon
A Wikwemikong youth places a wreath at the Warriors Monument.
photos by Alicia McCutcheon

Following the mass, a wreath laying ceremony was held outside at the community’s cenotaph which is located amid the gravestones of many of Wikwemikong’s fallen soldiers, each marked with their rank, some of which were also decorated with homemade poppies made by family members for the occasion.

A receiving line lined the cenotaph’s walkway with young and old stopping to shake the hands with the few veterans and Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary members on hand and to say “miigwetch” for their service.