MNO veterans carry Memorial Cup in Windsor parade
June 15, 2017
Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) veterans Shelly Claus and Sharlene Lance carried the Memorial Cup in a parade in Windsor on May 18, 2017. The special ceremony that was open to the public was held at the Essex County War Memorial in City Hall Square. The Memorial Cup was displayed at the Windsor City Hall for public viewing after it was handed over to the Mayor of Windsor Drew Dilkens by Claus and Lance. Claus is the Women’s Representative for the MNO Veteran’s Council and Lance is a veteran and Women’s Representative for the MNO Windsor Essex-Kent Métis Council (WEKMC).
The trophy arrived in Windsor along the Detroit River aboard the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Vessel ConstableCarrière before docking at Dieppe Gardens. From there the Cup was carried by a military parade to the Cenotaph on University Avenue. The procession included Windsor Police Services, Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party Zone A-1, Sterling Heights Police Colour Party, Royal Canadian Navy, Windsor Regiment, Essex and Kent Regiment, #31 Service Battalion, RCMP, CBSA, Veterans, Cadet Units, Windsor Fire Department and Military G-Wagons, M-37’s and 43 Willys Jeeps.
The Memorial Cup, one of the most prestigious and coveted trophies in North American sport, has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The trophy originated in 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in The First World War. In 2010 the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian military personnel.
The Memorial Cup is a junior ice hockey club championship trophy awarded annually to the Canadian Hockey League champion. It is awarded following a four-team, round-robin tournament between a host team and the champions of the CHL’s three member leagues: the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. Sixty teams are eligible to compete for the Memorial Cup, representing nine provinces and four American states.