(Pictured above: Longue Sault Public School student Matthew Antoine honours a veteran at the Devotion to Duty ceremony.)
Longue Sault Public School Delegation Honours
Indigenous War Veteran
and Canada’s Fallen Heroes
September 21, 2017 (Long Sault, ON) – A delegation from Longue Sault Public School (LSPS) was honoured to attend a ceremony celebrating one of Canada’s most-decorated Indigenous war heroes on Saturday, September 9th in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec.
Thirty-three LSPS parents and students attended the Devotion to Duty ceremony at Ste. Anne’s Hospital. The event honoured the late Sergeant Tommy Prince, an Anishinaabe from the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in Manitoba and hero of the Second World War and Korean Conflict. The ceremony also recognized fallen Canadian heroes who perished in peacekeeping or armed conflicts dating back to the 1930s.
LSPS Principal Kieran Kennedy led the trip as part of a Character Education initiative designed to give students an appreciation for the sacrifices paid by Canadian servicemen in places such as Europe, Afghanistan and Iraq.
“We have a commitment here at the school to remember veterans and to not take for granted the freedoms we enjoy every day here at home,” said Kennedy. “It’s a value that I uphold and want to see instilled in our youth.”
The opportunity grew from the efforts of LSPS parent Collin Fitzgerald, an Afghanistan war veteran, and friend Kerri Tadeau of Kingston, who run an organization that honours veterans’ sacrifices called SerVICe - Soldier, Veteran and Civilian.
During the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Veteran Affairs General (retired) Walter Natynczyk, former Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Armed Forces, presented Fitzgerald with a Service and Sacrifice Medal for his service to Canada and its veterans. After the presentation, members from the LSPS delegation, led by a piper, carried a 40-foot Canadian flag on a solemn 1.58-kilometre procession to remember the 158 Canadian servicemen who died in Afghanistan.
Posted September 21, 2017