Every year the Peace Officers Memorial Parade is held at the provincial Legislature to remember and acknowledge those who have fallen in the line of duty protecting the rights and freedoms of Canada we all hold dear. Previous to this day, I watched media outlets to see if there was repetitive statements made to the public about the occurrence of this important day. I was disappointed to find nothing. However, that said, media did attend the parade itself but only to provide a momentary spot in passing that nights news. I had one youth ask me what was happening? He had no idea a parade would be held for such an event. How have we missed capturing the moment to educate our population about Peace Officers and their role in our communities.
There are times when you need to break from serious endeavours to gain some perspective. Picture all these “A” type personalities grouped in one spot to accomplish one thing. You need a force that can tame the mod and guide them on their way. I’m certain this statement was considered by the Staff Sergeant Major that day; “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” The biblical understanding of “meekness” is power under control, and he sure needed it!
Many people don’t understand why, when it’s a somber event, peace officers may be seen at times to laugh and carry on? It’s nothing to do with the person themselves or the occurrence, but rather, a human coping skill surfaces in everyone who is continually placed in stressful situations. However, some in the group need a little help raining it in. Assuming the role of a peace officer, most all receive physical training, which includes marching skills. This is what the public sees and enjoys on days like this.
The RCMP Pipe and Drum Band joined with the other Police bands this day to form one large Pipe and Drum band. This is what makes the day most would say. It makes a parade “official” in a way hearing the sound of the pipe and drum band. But getting underway, it appeared that needed some assistance from a most senior drill Staff Sergeant Major. He stood in the middle of the road while the band collected their gear and moved to the front of the procession. In my day, this stance meant only on thing, trouble for the members on parade. It’s a stance you never forget!
With the troops assembled, each SSM gave last direction tho their respective troop and readied to the command to move. It took a bit of time, but on the respective moment, the troop stepped off and marched to the grounds at the rear of the Alberta Legislature building. There they took up their position for the ceremony.
Everyone stood quiet as the names of 100 peace officers were read to the crowd of those members who died on duty protecting the rights and freedoms of all Albertans. Watching the crowd and the dignitaries, while capturing the historical moment, many a tissue were seen to be in hand. Cst. Wynn’s wife was present and still grieving her loss.
From the innocent to those who have served, all present were of like minds praying for all those that have been taken too soon.