by Dr. John Joe Sark LLD, MMNN Contributor
It is that special time of year again to honour those great Mi’kmaq men and women who served their country and have given the supreme sacrifice so that this great country we call Canada could remain free. They also thought that, through their efforts, they could help to free the people in Europe from the tyranny and oppression which the European countries were suffering under the German occupation.
During the First World War, thirty-four out of sixty-four male Mi’kmaq from Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island enlisted in the armed forces, distinguishing themselves particularly in the Battle of Amiens. 34 Mi’kmaq also enlisted and served overseas in the Second World War. Seven Mi’kmaq men from Lennox Island enlisted in the Korean conflict.
The following are a few of their experiences in serving Canada during the World Wars:
The Supreme Sacrifice
Four of these great men, Private Charles Caplin, Peter Knockwood, John W. Labobe and ...
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