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|Métis WWII Métis Veteran Leonard Landrigan (seated) receives long over-due recognition on July 29, 2020 in Midland, ON.|
Métis World War 2 Métis Veteran, Leonard Landrigan received long over-due recognition on July 29, 2020 in Midland, ON.
Landrigan is the 26th Métis WWII Veteran, the tenth from Ontario, to be identified by the Métis Veterans Legacy Program established in partnership with the federal government.
The Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans' Council (MNOVC) President Brian Black and MNO President Margaret Froh were on hand to honour the Mr. Landrigan.
“We were able to present Veteran Leonard Landrigan with a cheque and an apology from Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Canada for not having properly recognized Métis servicemen and servicewomen following the Second World War,” said President Froh.
“We had a very lovely opportunity to speak with Mr. Landrigan and present him with a few gifts, and he was especially delighted to hear about all the work that has gone in to help recognize Métis Veterans,” said President Froh.
As part of the Métis Veterans Legacy Program, WWII veterans receive a formal apology from the Government of Canada and a Recognition Payment of $20,000. Mr. Landrigan was also presented with a ceremonial Métis sash and a traditional hand-crafted beaded broach.
Mr. Landrigan served as a seaman in the Navy during WWII and sailed on nine different ships. He is also the cousin of Métis Veteran Alcide Duval, who was honoured in a similar ceremony in July.
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