The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 11:00 a.m.
Fellow Manitobans, family members, friends, police and peace officers, Canadians united in remembrance of the sacrifice of those who keep us safe and secure, it is my honour to join you today for this memorial service.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
We have come together today, as we have since 1998, as part of the National Memorial Day for Police and Peace Officers.
From coast to coast to coast, Canadians today will honour the dedication of police and peace officers who work to protect their communities and their fellow human beings.
These men and women take on great responsibilities to keep us safe. They are the reassuring light in the dark, the helping hand when disaster strikes, the ones who put themselves between danger and their fellow Canadians.
They also are fathers and mothers, friends and neighbours, minor sports coaches, pancake breakfast cooks, community clean-up volunteers, fund-raising run organizers.
They are in every way part of the community they serve.
Those of us who have never taken on the responsibilities and challenges of police and peace officers owe a debt of gratitude to those who have. We cannot repay that debt, but we can use their service as an inspiration for our own dedication to Canada.
Let us all remember these men and women and work to ensure that our province and country are forever worthy of them
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.