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Netherlands ceremony acknowledges role of First Nations soldiers with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry – Hamilton Spectator

by ahnationtalk on February 7, 202340 Views

Feb. 7, 2023

The Feb. 8 commemoration is scheduled to take place on the 78th anniversary of the first day of Operation Veritable

Indigenous soldiers who served overseas with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry in the Second World War will be commemorated on Wednesday in a poignant ceremony in the Netherlands.

The event will unveil a memorial plaque that is believed to be the first of its kind in Europe and is being described as a step towards acknowledging a vastly overlooked aspect of the war.

“The plaque will specifically honour the First Nations members of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry but is a tribute to all Canadian First Nations soldiers. It may very well be the first such tribute in Europe,” says a statement from “an international group of volunteers” that has been spearheading the project.

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