|Photo: Cindy Jonasson||Author: Linda Sigurdson Collette, Winnipeg, MB
Lieutenant Governor Philip Lee and Mrs. Lee, Ambassador Hjálmar Hannesson and Mrs. Hannesson, honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen, góðir gestir:
The theme for Íslendingadagurinn 2015 is “forging a legacy.” Today, we gather at the feet of the man who, more than any other, forged a legacy for both Iceland and Manitoba. Legacies established with suffrage in Iceland in 1915, and here in 1916, and with this wreath-laying ceremony continue their influence.
Jón Sigurðsson spent his life working towards Iceland’s independence from Denmark. Jónas Þór, who wrote the book entitled A Monument in Manitoba, states that Jón’s motto was “never yield!” Because of his efforts, Iceland is glorious and free.
Hand in hand with Jón is another who should be equally recognized and honoured. Ingibjörg Einarsdóttir was engaged to Jón in 1833 before he left for Denmark. Inga waited for his return. Twelve years later, in 1845, they married.