Despite threatening-looking clouds, the rain held off for Winnipeg’s Independence Day party.
This year’s event was bittersweet, as it marked the end of Tim Cipullo’s posting as U.S. Consul to Manitoba. Mr. Cipullo has served as U.S. Consul since August 2011, and his 3-year term expires this summer. The Independence Day event was his last official function in Winnipeg, and doubled as his “going away party” for many local friends and contacts.
Candace Cipullo (wife of U.S. Consul Tim Cipullo) led guests in the singing of O Canada and The Star Spangled Banner; Master of Ceremonies Jon Ljungberg joined U.S. Consul Tim Cipullo in welcoming guests to the celebration of the 238th anniversary of American independence. James Bezan, MP- Selkirk Interlake, brought greetings on behalf of Canada’s federal government; the St. James MLA Deanne Crothers brought greetings from the provincial government, and city councillor Jeff Browaty on behalf of the City of Winnipeg.
In his remarks to the group, Consul Cipullo recalled his fond memories of his time in Manitoba, and the warm Manitoba welcome bestowed on him and his family throughout their time here.
Happy Fourth of July!