OUR MEN AND WOMEN in UNIFORM
The MILITARY HERITAGE OF MANITOBA Inc.
AN EVENING OF HONOUR FOR MANITOBA’S MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM
November 3, 2011
WINNIPEG, Manitoba: More than a thousand people are expected to be in attendance for a Dinner and Dance to honour Manitoba’s Men and Women in Uniform this coming Monday November 7th at Winnipeg’s Victoria Inn.
The dinner is the first of a series of events to be staged by a relatively new organization, the Manitoba Salutes program, which has been formed by Military Heritage of Manitoba Incorporated to publicly recognize and celebrate the service and sacrifice of our military and police personnel, be it on overseas missions or here at home in times of flood, fires, ice storms or search and rescue missions.
About 800 Army, Navy, Air Force, RCMP and Winnipeg Police Service members will be joined for the dinner by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz, Brandon Mayor Shari Dexter-Hurst and high ranking officers from the Canadian and United States Military, the RCMP the Winnipeg Police Service and community and business leaders.
Manitoba has deployed some 1000 of our soldiers to Afghanistan over the past years and although Canada's combat role in Afghanistan has officially come to an end, some 900 service personnel, many of them from Manitoba based units, still remain in that country to train the Afghan Military and Police forces.
There are thirty five military and security units within the province of Manitoba. Some 100,000 Manitobans have served, or are serving in the regular and reserve components of the Navy, Army, Air Force, the RCMP and the Police Forces.
Military Heritage of Manitoba Inc. is led by an Executive Committee consisting of Ray McFeetors, (Great West Life) as Chairman, Jim Burns, (Power Corporation) and Andrew Paterson (Paterson Global Foods) as Vice Chairmen, Bob Vandewater (CIBC/Wood Gundy) Treasurer and Gary Solar, (Military Envoy Office) Secretary. All have served, or are serving as Honorary Colonels for our Manitoba Military Units.
Other Military, Police, business and community leaders that will attend the dinner include: Major General Alain Parent, Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division; Brigadier-General Paul Bury, LFWA Deputy Commander Land Force Western Area; Colonel Blaise Frawley, Commander 17 Wing Winnipeg; Colonel Nic Stanton, Commander 38 Combat Brigade Group; Lieutenant Colonel Richard Goodyear, Commander Canadian Forces Base Shilo; Brigadier General Scott D. Legwold, United States National Guard Wisconsin; Lieutenant General Allan MacKenzie, Former Commander Royal Canadian Air Force; Major General Dennis Tabbernor, Former Chief of Reserves and Cadets; The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Federal Minister of State (Transport); Manitoba Senator Don Plett; Assistant Commissioner Bill Robinson, Commanding Officer D Division, Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and Chief Keith McCaskill, Winnipeg Police Service.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: -
Attached is the timings for the sequence of events for the dinner.
The evening begins with a reception at 6 P.M.
You will note the presentations and greetings do not begin until after dinner at 9 P.M.
For those that cannot assign assets to this event for that period of time we have arranged for all the notables to meet prior to 6 P.M. in the hotel’s Carlton Room which is located immediately to the right as you enter the hotel lobby. Guides will be on hand to direct.
Reporters and photographers will be able to conduct interviews with any of the principals in that room.
They will then be able to observe and photograph the group being Piped down the corridor to the Main Room.
Prior to the start of the program media representatives will be free to circulate throughout the room for interviews and B-Roll.
Those that wish to remain for the entire event are welcome.
Table space has been allocated for media representatives.
For further information please contact:
Brian Koshul, (Capt Ret’d) Media Relations Officer, Manitoba Salutes