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, one name was inscribed on the Cenotaph, the Honour Roll and the Memorial Wall Plaques, bringing the total number of fallen members to 237 since the creation of the North-West Mounted Police in 1873:
Constable Sarah Anne Beckett
Honour Roll # 237
Regimental number 51939
Served February 28, 2005-April 5, 2016
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, the Regina RCMP Pipes and Drums Bands and the RCMP Regimental Pipes and Drums of Alberta were also on hand to pay tribute to the fallen members.
Dignitaries in attendance included Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, S.O.M., S.V.M., Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and the Honourable Christine Tell, MLA for Regina Wascana Plains. They were hosted by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and Assistant Commissioner Louise Lafrance, Commanding Officer of "Depot" Division.
It is a fitting tribute to families and the memories of our brave men and women who have sacrificed everything," said Commissioner Paulson. "
Our ceremony here at Depot each September honours their service and reminds us all of what it means to commit one's life to the service of Canadians."
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