Two new names have been added to a monument honoring the lives lost to impaired driving in Manitoba.
The ceremony – hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – took place in West St. Paul on Saturday at Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery. The names of 79 Manitobans who died in collisions caused by impaired driving are engraved on a granite monument.
“This monument provides us with a special and dedicated space to commemorate the loved ones who were taken so suddenly and so senselessly from their family and friends,” said Gillian Phillips, MADD Canada Victim Services Manager for the Los Angeles region. West in a statement. “We gather here to offer our support to victims and survivors, and to remind the public of the very real tragedies that can happen any time someone drives while impaired by alcohol, cannabis or alcohol. ‘other drugs.’
During the ceremony, the names of the victims were read aloud, accompanied by the sound of a bell. RCMP officers also conducted a candle lighting ceremony.
Guest speakers included Attorney General and Attorney General Kelvin Goertzen, as well as Stan Parag, Deputy Mayor of West St. Paul.
MADD Canada also has monuments honoring victims of impaired driving in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec.
Plans are also underway to unveil a monument in Ontario next year.