On November, 11, 1918, in Mons Belgium, the guns fell silent marking the end of World War I (1914 to 1918). World War 1, known as the “Great War”, was the bloodiest war in Canadian history where more than 60,000 Canadian lost their lives.
This November, 11, 2018, a delegation from Canada will participate in the commemoration ceremonies of Armistice 100 in Mons Belgium, the end World War I. Amont this group will be a Métis Nation Veteran. Mr. David Armitt, a retired Combat Engineer, will be representing Métis Veterans from Across Canada.
Mr. Armitt was born and raised in Winnipeg and his interest the military started at a young age as an army cadet, then moved on to he Militia. In 1976 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces serving 22 years as a Combat Engineer in places such as Petewawa ON, Chilliwack BC, Edmonton, AB, and overseas in Pakistan and Cambodia. Mr. Armitt has been involved with the Métis Veterans Committee of Métis Nation British Columbia since 2007 and is currently serving a second term as the chairperson for the committee.
Métis people have always been woven into the fabric of our Canadian Military history flighting alongside our brothers in arms through World Wars and conflicts. Mr. Armitt is extremely honoured to be part of the delegation not only to represent Canada but to represent the Métis National Council as a Métis Veteran at Armistice 100. He is grateful for the opportunity to pay his respects to all soldiers who served our great Country and more importantly, those who never came back. The service men and women of the First World War remain an inspiration for him.
On the same day, President Clément Chartier participated in the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Veterans monument in Ile a la Crosse, SK, in recognition of the many sacrifices made by citizens of the Métis Nation, including many from Ile a la Crosse, and the many other Canadians who served.
At the ceremony, President Chartier stated “We remember and thank all Canadian veterans for their many sacrifices in defending world peace; past and present. In particular, the Metis Nation will forever thank and remember the brave women and men of our Nation who so courageously gave their best in the defence of Canada and other peoples of the world during the great wars and the Korean conflict. They returned home and became our modern day leaders and defenders of our rights, the backbone of our struggle for justice and rights in the country they so valiantly stood up for. Many did not return. We shall remember them!”
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