Safety was issue on Nov. 11

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To the Residents of Leduc,

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the amazing participation and attendance at this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Leduc Rec Centre, but also to apologize for missed communication to those residents who came out to support our troops at the cenotaph.

Like all RCMP officers, I am always honoured to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies. I have served in many communities in Alberta.  While the attendance is always great, I have never seen the amazing attendance as I did this year, and I have never been more proud to be a part of the ceremony.  I recall telling the Mayor that next year there will need to be more seating and space for the community who graciously moved back this year to make room for the large number of parade participants.

A huge thank you to the Leduc Royal Canadian Legion Branch #108 for planning this year’s service, as they do every year; it was incredibly moving and well organized.

As we were forming up with the rest of the troops for the parade, the organizing committee reported to me the event at the cenotaph would unfortunately have to be cancelled this year, due to the freezing rain.  They expressed concern for the safety of our veterans, soldiers, members, and others who would be marching on road ice.  I support and appreciate the decision they made, but I apologize to the community for not thinking to communicate this decision to our on-duty officers who could have relayed this decision to those waiting at the cenotaph.

When I arrived at the Legion afterwards, I was met by a couple who told me what happened.  I felt terrible, but I felt exceptionally proud again to hear from the couple that when almost 200 people at the cenotaph learned the soldiers were not coming they found leadership amongst themselves.  They broke out in song and sang O’Canada.  This was followed with a stream of poppy presentations at the cenotaph.

We will have sand ready next year if Mother Nature brings freezing rain again.  On behalf of the Leduc RCMP Detachment, thank you to our veterans and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to the men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces who continue to serve.  And, thank you to our residents for your support.

Lest we forget.

Insp. Kevin Kunetzki

Officer in Charge – Leduc Detachment

 

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