PEACE AND POLICE OFFICERS MEMORIAL

Video Remarks by

The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Sunday, September 27 – 11:00 am

  

Fellow Manitobans, participants in a caring society, protectors of the public peace – today I unite with you in remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate price for our safety and security.

 

It is a privilege to join you virtually from the traditional land of the Anishinaabe and Metis people – in a province enriched by a large and vibrant community.

 

This September day has been designated since 1998 as the time when we come together to honour those who have placed themselves between deadly dangers and their fellow Canadians.

 

This year, we do so by gathering electronically from the safety of our own homes or workplaces.

 

The men and women we remember on this day did not have the option of staying safe at home.

 

Police and peace officers venture out into unpredictable and hazardous environments on behalf of us all.

 

The police and peace officers we memorialize on this day did not make it home to their families. They left friends and colleagues, spouses and children, parents and siblings to mourn.

 

And they left a nation grateful for their service and in debt to them for their dedication and sacrifice.

 

We can never repay that debt. But we can follow their example and honour their memories by committing ourselves to the health and safety of our nation through our own acts of citizenship.

 

In that way we can demonstrate our appreciation of those who have died to protect others.

 

Today, we pay tribute to these outstanding Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice, and we acknowledge the incredible loss to the friends and families left behind.

 

May we all learn and remember the lessons of this day of remembrance.

 

Thank you.  Merci.  Meegwich.