For those veteran stories we remember
Since founded in 2002, the Veterans Tribute List (VTL) has grown to just over 7,000 names. Those Veterans are represented across the county from East to West, from World War I, World War II to recent peace keeping. The current VTL has grown through word of mouth and through sharing on social media. However, grant funding from Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC) through the Commemorative Partnership Program has allowed for the VTL to be hosted on a cloud solution so that names can be submitted using an online form and the list is backed up and secure. It also makes it super accessible to families, schools and researchers and less labour intensive for me to manage.
A general sense of gratitude sparked my interest and has led to nearly 20 years of effort to keep growing the list of Aboriginal Veterans who served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Perhaps there is some invisible connection between this ‘calling’ and me being First Nations, but what I do know is that paying tribute to the sacrifices that Veterans and their families have made in the defence of freedom and the pursuit of world peace is just the right thing to do. As with other Veteran researchers and historians doing work in this area, every little bit helps to be able to find photos and facts that help tell Veterans stories. What drives me to continue to volunteer my time is knowing that this list will help others to continue to observe and honour our Veterans now and for generations to come so we will always keep the memories alive.
A Symbol of Remembrance
A Symbol of Peace
For over 20 years, I have voluntarily created and grew the Veterans Tribute List who to honour those who served in the Canadian Armed Forces because I am grateful for their contributions and I felt that others may also want to remember. I strongly believe that paying tribute to the sacrifices of Aboriginal Veterans and their families to the defence of freedom and the pursuit of world peace is just the right thing to do. I am an indigenous person, a Veteran researcher, historian, and a volunteer and in each of these capacities it is important to me to honour our Veterans and their families.
If you wish to nominate (submit) an Aboriginal Veteran to be placed on the Honour list, please respond via the Submission Form
Veteran Researcher and Historian, Beautiful British Columbia Canada
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