Statement from Premier Heather Stefanson and Special Envoy for Military Affairs Scott Johnston on Remembrance Day Awareness Week

November 5, 2021

Today, as we mark Remembrance Day Awareness Week, we reflect on the bravery and ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of men and women in uniform in the pursuit for peace and freedom here at home and around the world.

We also take this opportunity to acknowledge veterans and active military personnel, and their families, for their commitment and dedication for a safe future for all Manitobans.

The Centennial Flame on Memorial Boulevard, also known as the ‘fire of friendship’, has been lit to mark the beginning of Remembrance Day activities throughout Manitoba and in recognition of a ceremony with the Royal Canadian Legion that presented the first poppy of the 2021 Poppy Campaign to the lieutenant-governor of Manitoba.

The flame serves as a physical reminder of the lasting impacts of war and conflict, and how our veterans have helped shaped our province, country and world for the better. The flame will remain lit until Nov. 12.

The annual 21-gun salute will take place on the southern grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building on Remembrance Day at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, commemorating the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the western front in 1918.

We encourage all Manitobans to take part safely in Remembrance Day activities and to wear a poppy as a measure of gratitude for those who have served and continue to serve our country. 

Thank you for your service. Lest we forget.

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