The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Victoria Inn, Brandon
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Men and women of courage and honour, protectors of Canada and its values, members and friends of the 26th Field Artillery Regiment – it’s an honour to join you in keeping a tradition of celebration going strong here in Brandon.
We are gathered on Treaty Two land, on the traditional territory of the Dakota and Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
We have come here from across the Westman Region, across Manitoba and across the 49th Parallel to celebrate a regiment and its deep bonds with this community.
For 70 years, the Brandon Military Ball has provided members of the Canadian military in this community with the opportunity to don their dress uniforms and maintain the traditions of our armed forces.
And for all of that time, this ball has provided people in this community with the chance to express what Canada’s Armed Forces mean to them.
In just over a week, Canadians will gather once again to remember the fallen, to listen to The Last Post and to share in a short period of silent reflection.
Tonight, with performances by the 26th Field Artillery Pipes and Drums and the HMCS Chippewa Prairie Sailor Band, will not be a silent event. There will be music, dancing and joyful camaraderie.
And there will be an expression of gratitude for members of the 26th Field Artillery – men and women from the Westman Region who make time to serve in the Canadian Army Reserve, who balance training with their other career, educational or family requirements.
We will express our gratitude for the service of members of the regiment, who have served our country at home in responding to natural disasters and abroad in Afghanistan. And we will honour the contribution of the regiment’s forerunner, the 99th Manitoba Rangers, in the First and Second World Wars and beyond.
For those members of the 26th Field Artillery, and for all past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces, I hope the good times tonight give you a sense of how much your country values your service. And for our guests from Minot Air Force Base, I hope you feel the warmth of our long and close friendship.
For everybody else, I hope this celebration of service is an inspiration.
May we all make the time in our lives to give back to our country and serve our fellow citizens.
Thank you and have a wonderful evening. Merci. Meegwich.