A local man has received some long-overdue recognition.
WWII Veteran Leonard Landrigan of Midland has received a thank you from Métis Nation, an apology from the Canadian Government, and inheritance of $20,000. The money is a Recognition Payment, part of the Métis Veterans Legacy Program, established to commemorate forgotten Métis soldiers.
Landrigan served the navy on the high seas during the second world war and served on nine ships in that time. He is the 26th WWII veteran to receive a Recognition Payment as part of the Legacy Program. The gratitude, regrets, and finances were presented on behalf of Minister David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Métis Federation.
“As Minister responsible for Veterans for the Métis National Council, I have stood side by side with our WWII Métis Veterans for the past two decades to seek justice. I thank Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister MacAulay for keeping Canada’s promise to honour the sacrifices and contributions of our WWII Métis Veterans,” states Minister Chartrand. “While our Métis WWII Veterans have waited three-quarters of a century to take their rightful place as heroes of Canada, their wishes and our promise of the legacy we have created together will last into perpetuity. Our heroes today, tomorrow, and forever.”
Mr. Landrigan was also presented with a handcrafted traditional Métis beaded broach along with the Nation’s ceremonial Métis Sash on behalf of Minister Chartrand.
Feature image courtesy Canadian Encyclopedia