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RCMP honours fallen officers at annual ceremony
Published Sunday, September 10, 2017 5:00PM CST
Last Updated Sunday, September 10, 2017 6:33PM CST
The RCMP held its annual National Memorial Service for fallen members on Sunday in Regina.
The ceremony began in the mid-1930s, with RCMP members from across the country gathering in Sleigh Square to honour officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The event includes a memorial parade, laying of three wreaths at the RCMP cenotaph, reading names of the fallen and two minutes of silence.
This year, Constable Richer E.-S. Dubuc’s name was added to the cenotaph, honour roll and memorial wall. He died on March 6, 2017, after a crash responding to an illegal border crossing call near St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Québec.
“We can never fully repay the debt we owe to our brothers and sisters who died in the line of duty, nor can we repay it to their family and friends,” said Acting Commissioner Dubeau. “But what we can do is take this time to remember and show our gratitude. This helps us heal and reminds us how important it is to continue on and live meaningful lives.”
There have been 238 RCMP officers killed in the line of duty since 1873.