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In Honour of our Military Veterans Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School Hosts Remembrance Day Event


Submitted by Jacey Rourke, AMBE

The Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School was honoured to welcome our military veterans to their Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday, November 12, 2018. The momentous event began with a recital of the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen by Addison Oakes Cook. Sweetgrass braids were handed out to each of the veterans in attendance as a way to honour the men and women who fought to protect our freedom. Both men and women from Akwesasne fought in the American and Canadian military, so as a sign of respect students, staff and visiting veterans stood for the national anthems of those countries. In the 20th Century, there were seven wars or conflicts that involved the military of Canada and the United States in which people from Akwesasne have served. The students honoured these veterans by placing a yellow ribbon on the AMS Veteran's Wall. Ribbons were placed for the following veterans:

Private Louis F. Bush

Private Joseph J. Bush

PFC Frank L. Casey

Private Abraham A. Cook

Private Andrew W. Cook

Captain William J. Cook

Private William L. Cook

Private George Lazore

Specialist 4 Charles R. Martin

Private Abraham A. Oakes

Sergeant Louis A. Ransom

Corporal Charles F. Rubado

Private Thomas Swamp

Specialist 4 Clifford L. Tarbell

Private William Tarbell

Seaman Ernest White

Private Phillip White

Third grade student Rex Benedict read a poem for our veterans. The students then participated in a wreath laying ceremony where they presented their handmade wreaths. Grade six students read John McRae's poem entitled "In Flanders Field" and shook the hands of all the veterans that joined us for the Remembrance Day Ceremony.

AMS Principal Denise Jackson also seized the opportunity to discuss peace. "While today is a day to honour veterans and remember the sacrifices they made during times of war, it is also important to remember that we can live together in peace. Peace is not just the absence of war. Peace means, among other things, living together as human beings celebrating our diversity and drawing strength from each other."

To reinforce the idea of peace a rendition of John Lennon's Imagine was played for the assembly.

To close out the Remembrance Day Ceremony all in attendance stood for the Last Post then observed a moment of silence. Our veterans and special guests were treated to a special luncheon.

Niwenko:wa to all our veterans that were able to join us for our Remembrance Day Ceremony.

Filfred Tahy, U.S. Army

Joseph Phillips, U.S Air Force

Jack Leaf, U.S. Army

James Barnes, U.S. Army

Mike Cook, U.S. Army

Dwight Bero, U.S. Army

Carl Cook, USMC

Leon Cook, U.S. Army

Joe Francis, USMC

Richard Phillips, U.S. Navy

Dennis Phillips, USMC

Lori Thompson, U.S. Navy

Cheryl Jacobs, USMC, U.S. Army, U.S. National Guard


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