Cheryle Maracle is often at her family’s burial plot in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, visiting family members, or picking hickory nuts and medicines nearby.
Now, there’s a new headstone for her to visit honouring her great grandfather — a veteran of the First and Second World Wars.
“We didn’t know that we were getting it,” says Maracle, the great-granddaughter of veteran Francis Randall Brant.
“It was a nice surprise to receive such a gift. It’s important that our people that fought in the wars, that they’re recognized. So it was nice to have it.”
Previously left unmarked, the gravesite for Pvt. Brant is now remembered with a headstone bearing the Wolf Clan emblem, as part of a project led by the federally-backed Last Post Fund.