The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will honour its fallen members during the RCMP National Memorial Service this coming Sunday at the RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Memorial Service honours regular members, special constables, auxiliary constables and civilian members who have lost their lives in response to an operational policing duty in which there was the element of life-threatening risk.
This year, the name of Constable Francis Bertrand Deschênes is being added to the RCMP Cenotaph, Honour Roll Book and Memorial Wall, bringing the total number of fallen members to 239 since the creation of the North-West Mounted Police in 1873.
Cst. Deschenes died when struck by a vehicle while assisting motorists on the Trans-Canada Highway on September 12, 2017, near Memramcook, New Brunswick.
The Memorial Parade and Chapel Service will be streamed on Facebook Live.
A Facebook account is not required to watch the event.
Two invitations to the media
Members of the media are invited to attend the Memorial Parade. Assistant Commissioner Jasmin Breton, Depot Division's new Commanding Officer, and Savannah Deschênes, wife of Cst. Deschênes, will be available for interviews.
- 8:30 a.m. – Media to arrive at the RCMP Academy
- 9-10:00 a.m. – Memorial Parade
- 10-10:30 a.m. – Media availability
Members of the media are also invited to meet with the Deschênes family at the RCMP Academy stables as they get acquainted with the Strathcona County RCMP Mounted Riders Program's first ever colt, named in honour of Cst. Deschênes. Cst. Jennifer Burgoyne, in charge of the program and a personal friend of Cst. Deschênes, will explain how the colt came to be named "Frank" and what future projects they have in mind for him.
- 11:30 a.m. – Media to arrive at RCMP Academy
- 11:45 a.m. – Meeting of the colt
- 12-12:30 p.m. – Media availability
Arrival at the RCMP Academy
Please park at the RCMP Heritage Centre (5907 Dewdney Avenue) and proceed on foot south on Bonner Drive to the Fort Dufferin Guard Room to receive a visitor's pass and meet with your escort. All visitors are required to leave a piece of government-issued identification in order to receive a visitor's pass. Visitors must be accompanied at all times while at the RCMP Academy. This procedure is to be repeated every time you enter and leave the RCMP Academy, even on the same day.