Privileged to honour our veterans

By: Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

As published in The Herald

December 10, 2014

Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood joins Jack Sinnott, Second World War D-Day veteran, Elmwood-East Kildonan city councillor Jason Schreyer, and the 177 Air Canada Royal Canadian Air Cadets at the Prince Edward Branch’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

This year on Remembrance Day, I was honoured to attend two ceremonies at our local legions.

I was privileged to place a wreath at the Royal Canadian Elmwood Legion No. 9’s ceremony in the Elmwood Cemetery and attend the Royal Canadian Prince Edward Legion No. 81’s ceremony afterwards.

During the First World War, many Manitobans contributed to the war effort. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war, Remembrance Day felt especially important.

Matt Wiebe, MLA for Concordia and city councillor Jason Schreyer attended the ceremony in the cemetery with me. It was great to see so many come and pay tribute, despite the cold weather.

For the second year in a row, the Royal Canadian Prince Edward Legion No. 81 held their ceremony at St. Alphonsus School. Just like last year, the attendance was impressive. It was also the second year that all of the 177 Air Canada Royal Canadian Air Cadets were in attendance. Legion president David Harper and poppy chairman Glenn Walker, as well as many volunteers, made the ceremony a memorable one. The highlight for me was seeing one of the legion’s own veterans, Jack Sinnott, attending the ceremony. Mr. Sinnott was a bombardier in the Artillery who began his European tour of duty in 1943 and served at Juno Beach on D-Day.

In other news, December is here and many community groups are about to celebrate the holiday season with Christmas dinners. The Elmwood-East Kildonan Active Living Centre held their annual Christmas Dinner just this past Saturday. I’ve also circled Dec. 17 on my calendar, which is the Lord Selkirk parent council’s annual Christmas dinner. It’s always great to meet new people and renew acquaintances at these events. I enjoy getting out to as many as I can.

I also want send my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Rick Symonds. Mr. Symonds was a special teacher at Elmwood High School and his sudden loss in November was a shock to the school and to the greater Elmwood community. He supported so many young people through his life’s work as a teacher and a coach, and he will be greatly missed.

For more information on these and other provincial matters, please call me at 204-415-1122, visit me at 202 Henderson Hwy., or email me at jim.maloway@yourmanitoba.ca.