The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Sunday, September 10, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, Canadians united in remembrance – it is an honour to join you this evening for this service of remembrance.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
This evening we are gathered in a place sacred to all Canadians – the final resting place of more than 11,000 men and women who served our country, many under the most terrible circumstances imaginable.
Tonight we will remember the contributions of the veterans interred here – and all of those who have served Canada in uniform.
Especially we will remember those who served in the First and Second World Wars – those who never returned from these conflicts and those who carried the experience with them for the rest of their lives.
This year’s service of remembrance is particularly informed and inspired by the one hundredth anniversaries of the battles of Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and the 75th anniversary of the raid on Dieppe.
The stories of those battles – stories of tactical innovation, stories of victory and of loss, stories of courage in the face of impossible odds – have woven themselves into the story of our nation.
During this 150th anniversary of Confederation we recall those battles, and the dedication and sacrifice that made them resonate in our history.
Tonight, after we have completed this ceremony and returned to our homes, let us all keep that example of dedication in our hearts.
In our own efforts to build a country of freedom and understanding, opportunity and equality for all, may the dedication of the veterans we remember tonight light our way to a better future.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.