Tuesday, April 04, 2017

RCMP to commemorate 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

March 29, 2017 Ottawa, Ontario News release

As part of the 100th The RCMP troop consists of police officers representing every province and territory, many of whom have family connections to the Battle of Vimy Ridge and First World War.  Separate from the RCMP's official delegation, an RCMP pipe and drum band from Alberta will participate in commemorative activities at the Vimy monument and elsewhere in France.
Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge this year, the RCMP is proud to send a ceremonial troop to participate in Veterans Affairs Canada's commemorative activities in France from April 5 to 9.

The RCMP has a significant military history and connections. During the First World War, hundreds of members of the Royal North-West Mounted Police (RNWMP, the RCMP's precursor) took their discharge from the force to fight overseas as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, including at Vimy Ridge.  In total, 182 former RNWMP members are interred in cemeteries in France and Belgium. Of these, 30 are named on the Vimy Memorial, and 27 are named on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.

RCMP participation in commemorative activities In addition to the main commemorative ceremony on April 9, the troop will pay their respects to the fallen by touring trenches and visiting a Canadian cemetery, Flanders Fields and the Menin Gate Memorial. They will also take part in a vigil, flag-raising ceremony and Indigenous sunrise ceremony. The RCMP will have a display in a tent on the grounds of the Vimy Monument, with members on hand to meet officials and members of the public.

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