Local Mounties invite the public to a memorial for the fallen on Tuesday morning

The local RCMP detachment is inviting members of the community join them at a memorial service for the three Mounties killed in the line of duty in Moncton last week.

Local Force commander Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said the memorial will take place in front of the detachment at 11 am.

All staff, family, friends and guests are invited to be present in front of the detachment prior to 11 am,” he said, adding that detachment members will form up at 10:50 am. “The Revelstoke RCMP detachment members, Auxiliary Constables, Revelstoke Fire Department, CP Police, and Parks Canada will march onto the site at 11 am led by a piper.”

Unofficial public memorials have been occurring across Canada since Constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Douglas James Larche and David Ross were am bushed and killed by a gunman last Wednesday.

This event is official and will occur at the same time and day as a larger official RCMP memorial to be held in Moncton.

Our own MP and former RCMP officer, David Wilks, had this to say in the House of Commons about the official police memorial:

“Mr. Speaker, tomorrow police officers from across North America will gather in Moncton, New Brunswick to say their good-byes to three fallen members of the RCMP, good-byes that are being said way too early in life, good-byes that cannot be explained.

“The police community is tight-knit and when something like this happens, it stirs strong emotions in each and every one of us. The day will be filled with many tears.

As a retired member of the RCMP, it stirs up memories which I will never forget.

“To the families of Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, and Const. Douglas James Larche and Const. David Ross, we will always be with them. Canadians will hold them in their thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks and months to come.

“God bless each and every one of them.”

There is also a Facebook page encouraging people to wear red in honour of the slain officers. You can view it at https://www.facebook.com/events/816194198399678.