Today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police held its National Memorial Service at the RCMP Academy, "Depot" Division. In keeping with a tradition that began in the mid-1930s – when RCMP members gathered in Depot's Sleigh Square to honour their fallen comrades – today's ceremony honoured members, special constables and auxiliary constables who lost their lives in the line of duty.
This year, two names were inscribed on the Cenotaph, the Honour Roll and the Memorial Wall Plaques, bringing the total number of fallen members to 236 since the creation of the North-West Mounted Police in 1873:
Corporal George Ronald Hawkins
Honour Roll #235
Regimental number 19758
Served January 4, 1957-June 6, 1968
Constable David Matthew Wynn
Honour Roll #236
Regimental number 57912
Served July 20, 2009-January 21, 2015
The RCMP National Memorial Service - an annual event held the second Sunday of September - was attended by family and friends of the fallen members. They were joined by veterans, cadets and members from across the country. The "Depot" Division Cadet Band and the RCMP Pipes and Drums Bands were also on hand to pay tribute to the fallen members.
Dignitaries in attendance included the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Ms. Laura Ross, MLA for Regina Qu'Appelle Valley, representing the Government of Saskatchewan. They were hosted by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and Assistant Commissioner Louise Lafrance, Commanding Officer of "Depot" Division.
As we take the time to remember those memorialized on the wall, also remember that what you do every day in the field or in the office in service to Canadians honours the uniform and the country these heroes died for. Every time you take a criminal off the streets, every time you help a child, every time you help someone feel safe in their home, you honour these heroes," Commissioner Paulson said to all employees in a statement.
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