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Annual Commemorative Event
At the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood
>May 23, 2021

 

148th Anniversary of the Founding of the RCMP (NWMP)

 

Each year on this date, the anniversary of the RCMP, our division hosts an early morning vigil at the Cenotaph for Fallen Members and an historical walking tour that culminate with a prayer and wreath-laying ceremony.

Regrettably due to the Provincial Health Orders that were in effect, we were relegated to a small ceremony limited to only five attendees (including Beechwood personnel) and an abbreviated schedule to be on the site.

Piper Brad Hampson and Bugler Charles Armstrong, RCMP Pipes, Drums & Dancers, National Division
Piper Brad Hampson and Bugler Charles Armstrong, RCMP Pipes, Drums & Dancers, National Division

A brief ceremony started at 11:00 to honour and recognize all who served before us and those who are serving in the RCMP today, including their families.

The ceremony was to be live-streamed but, unfortunately, we experienced a glitch.  Fortunately, we were able to recuperate a recording which you can view on the Ottawa Division website at  https://ottawadivisionvaweb.site/2021-148th-anniversary-rcmp/

There is no need to log in or to have a Facebook account to view the video. Just click on the X in the right corner of the box to remove that ask.

Suzanne Sarault Master of ceremonies
Suzanne Sarault Master of ceremonies

Please note that there were major wind gusts which affected the quality of the sound from time to time.

RCMPVA Members Attending
RCMPVA Members Attending
Michel Pelletier, Past President, Ottawa Division, laid wreaths on behalf of all families; on behalf of all RCMP Veterans and on behalf of the RCMP. Nick McCarthy laid a wreath on behalf of the Beechwood Cemetery Foundation.
Michel Pelletier, Past President, Ottawa Division, laid wreaths on behalf of all families; on behalf of all RCMP Veterans and on behalf of the RCMP. Nick McCarthy laid a wreath on behalf of the Beechwood Cemetery Foundation.

Our plans for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Civilian Members in the RCMP has regrettably been postponed to later this year.  A communiqué will be issued with detailed information in due course.

It is fitting that we gather at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood to honour all those who served before us including their families which is what makes this site unique.   The Cemetery is available to all employees of the RCMP including their families.

We look forward to holding future ceremonies open to all at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood once the current health crisis is behind us.

We hope you and your families are staying safe!

The Committee for the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood

   Kevin Mole, Roy Berlinquette, Suzanne Sarault, Michel Pelletier & Louise Morel

Beechwood Memorial Flame
The Memorial Flame at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood
Annual Commemorative Event
At the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood
>May 23, 2021

 

148th Anniversary of the Founding of the RCMP (NWMP)

 

This is an update on our plans for the annual May 23rd commemorative event at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood. Each year on this date, the anniversary of the RCMP, our division hosts an early morning vigil at the Cenotaph for Fallen Members and an historical walking tour that culminates with a prayer and wreath-laying ceremony.

Regrettably due to the Provincial Health Orders that are in effect, we are relegated to a small ceremony limited to only five attendees (including Beechwood staff) and an abbreviated schedule to be on the site.

There will be a brief ceremony starting at 11:00. The ceremony will be live streamed on Beechwood’s Facebook page and you can click on the link to watch. We will be going live at 10:55.

https://www.facebook.com/BeechwoodCemetery/

Please note that our plans for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Civilian Members in the RCMP has regrettably been postponed until later this year. A further communiqué will be issued with detailed information in due course.

Beechwood Memorial Flame
The Memorial Flame at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood