Métis Veterans who served during the Korean War were honoured on December 11th in Ottawa at a special commemoration luncheon that was attended by Métis Nation leaders, citizens, friends of the Métis and special guest Aboriginal Affairs and Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis Minister John Duncan.
Our honoured Métis Nation Korean War Veterans included: Sergeant Les Desjarlas, Chief Warrant Officer John McDonald, Master Warrant Officer Oscar Lacombe, Rifleman Ron Snider and Sergeant Jack Cadeau. An honourable mention was given to Corporal John Morrisseau who is a leader within the Métis Nation and has served Canada from 1958 to 1964. At the luncheon, the veterans were presented with a plaque by Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan on behalf of the Métis Nation that reads:
“The Métis Nation is pleased to extend special recognition and appreciation for your dedicated service in protecting Canada and the World. On this, the Decade of the Metis Nation, we pay Tribute to our Metis Veterans. We reflect upon Louis Riel’s vision for the Metis Nation and your honourable sacrifice as being one and the same in building a solid foundation for future Metis Nation generations.
It was your duty to fight – it is our duty to never forget.”
The Métis Nation dedicated 2011 to Paying Tribute to our Métis Veterans. Throughout the year, the Métis Nation has held events in honour of our veterans and the prestigious Order of the Métis Nation was presented to the World War II veterans.