A Calgary high school student says she was shocked walking through the Field of Crosses beside Memorial Drive and realizing some of the soldiers who died were her age or just a little older.
Mindy says, “They are close to my own age, it makes me sad.”
Veterans Affairs Canada says approximately 700,000 Canadians soldier were under the age of 21 in the Second World War. Sometimes boys as young as 13 lied about their age so they could sign up.
Mindy is part of a group from the YMCA Indigenous Program that went to the Sunset ceremony recently at the Field of Crosses.
Trista, another student in the group, says the focus on Indigenous soldiers is important to her.
She says, “To me it is finally recognition that my people served in the war.”
Aboriginal Veterans Day, now often called Indigenous Veterans Day, started in 1998.
The high school students captured some of the experience in a video.