By Senator Alis Kennedy, CD, OMC
Premier Dalton McGuinty (centre) with MNO Veterans Harvey
Horlock and Senator Alis Kennedy following Remembrance Day
Ceremonies at Queen’s Park on November 11.This year Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans Harvey Horlock and Senator Alis Kennedy were invited by the Office of the Premier to attend provincial Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
This was Premier McGuinty’s last Remembrance Day as Premier. It was under his leadership that the Veterans’ Memorial Mural was created.
Brigadier-General Omer Lavoie, who served in Afghanistan, spoke of how difficult it was to send soldiers to their death and to have to tell their parents and loved ones of their passing. Major-General Richard Rohmer, Canada’s most highly decorated soldier also addressed those in attendance.
The participation of MNO veterans like Mr. Horlock and Senator Kennedy in Remembrance Day ceremonies like the one in Toronto is very important to the whole Métis Nation because it reminds all Canadians of the sacrifices the Métis have made and of our long tradition of military service.