In honour of Veterans’ Week (November 5 to 11), a candlelight tribute was held at the Canadian War Museum this evening, hosted by Mayor Jim Watson, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Mr. Mark O’Neill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian War Museum and Canadian Museum of History.
Veterans’ Week is an opportunity for residents to recognize the contributions made by local veterans and to honour the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in service to Canada.
As part of the ceremony, veterans passed lit candles to youth – a symbolic passing of the torch of remembrance from one generation to another. The poignant tradition pays respect to the many brave men and women in uniform who have served Canada throughout the years, to protect our shared values.
Following the act of remembrance, Mayor Watson announced the latest veterans honoured through the City’s Veterans’ Commemorative Street Naming Program. This year, the City is honouring two local Indigenous soldiers, Privates Michael Stoqua and Moses Tennisco.
Private Michael Joseph Stoqua was a First Nations (Golden Lake Band, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Ontario) soldier who was born on August 3, 1893. At 22, he enlisted as a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in the First World War. As a private, he registered with the 42nd Regiment Guard Detachment, and then served for two years with the 130th Overseas Battalion. On April 15, 1917, Private Stoqua succumbed to his wounds at the General Hospital in Boulogne, France, as a member of the 75th Overseas Battalion.
Private Moses Tennisco was a First Nations (Golden Lake Band, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Ontario) soldier who served his country as a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. He was born on August 18, 1884, and served with the 107th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Private Tennisco gave up his life for the Commonwealth in action on June 27, 1917, and was laid to rest at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, United Kingdom.
The streets are located in Wateridge Village, on the lands of the former Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe.
“Today is an excellent opportunity to thank the men and women who have fought for our country and our city. We are proud of their efforts in defending Canada’s freedoms and keeping us safe. We thank Privates Michael Stoqua and Moses Tennisco, two members of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, who fought bravely and proudly in World War I, and we will never forget the Indigenous soldiers who gave their lives fighting for our country.”
Mayor Jim Watson
“As Canadians, we must remember all that our service women and men and Veterans have done during times of war, military conflict and peace. We must think of them and all those who have given their lives in service, for they put service before self. This ceremony allows us to honour those sacrifices and allows us to keep their memory alive by passing the torch of remembrance to our youth.”
Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence