Charles Caplin enlisted in the Army just six months before his 18th birthday. He traveled to Moncton in June of 1916 and would go on to serve in the 145th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Sadly, he passed away in July 1917. Almost 4000 Indigenous peoples, 1 in 3 eligible young men, volunteered to enter the First World War. Lennox Island saw an enlistment rate of 34 out of 64 eligible men. Four of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice. National Aboriginal Veterans Day is observed each year on November 8 to honour the estimated 12 000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who sacrificed so much for our freedom.