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Ceta Ramkhalawansingh apologizes for forgetting fallen soldiers' titles

11/11/2014 04:14 EST | Updated 01/11/2015 05:59 EST
Interim city councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh is apologizing for forgetting the titles of two fallen soldiers during her Remembrance Day speech.

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo were killed on Canadian soil days apart in late October.

Ramkhalawansingh forgot their titles when delivering a Remembrance Day speech in lieu of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was unable to attend. Ford has been receiving ongoing treatment for liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

During her speech, Ramkhalawansingh referred to the pair as Mr. Cirillo and Mr. Vincent, apologizing and saying that she forgot the latter man's name.

Later, when speaking to the Toronto Sun and the Toronto Star, Ramkhalawansingh reportedly apologized for forgetting the soldiers' ranks and said, "When you get asked to stand in at the last minute, trying to prepare with remarks … sh-- happens."

She also took to Twitter to apologize and respond to people who called her forgetfulness disgraceful.

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"My apologies for not having the titles of Mr. Cirillo and M. Vincent in my notes," she wrote.

"Sorry sorry sorry — had names but not titles and did not want to make them up," she wrote to another person.

"I have the utmost respect for our vets and for our country," she tweeted to another individual.

She said she was "mortified" by her memory loss.

Ramkhalawansingh was appointed to city council in July and will serve until Nov. 30. She is serving as interim Ward 20 councillor after former Ward 20 city councillor Adam Vaughan was elected as the MP for Trinity-Spadina in a June byelection.

Ramkhalawansingh did not run for office in Toronto's October election.

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