'E' Div. Fallen Members Memorial
The idea of having a special police monument in Vancouver, BC to honour deceased members of the RCMP had been discussed among 'E' Division Vets for some time. However, certain hurdles had to be crossed before any actual committment to a monument could be undertaken. Funding, for instance, had to come from the private sector. Like many projects of this proporation, nature and importance, the 'E' Division Fallen Members Memorial Committee was formed at the grass roots level beginning in 2000.
As previously mentioned, the first obstacle was financial -- there was no funding available. That didn't matter. A small group of volunteers took the lead and collected donations from members of the Force and the public. Finally the big day came and the Memorial was unveiled on October 22, 2004 at the "E" Division Headquarters complex in Vancovuer, BC. The Memorial was constructed in such a way that it could be moved safely to the new Headquarters site when it was officially opened.
A huge Parade in Review Order was held before the families of fallen members, guests and community. The March was led by the Pipes and Drums, followed by ten troops which consisted of 57 Commissioned Officers and more than 350 Non-Commissioned Officers and Constables. A troop of Veterans was also on Parade.
Deputy Commissioner Bev Busson sent a message to all RCMP members and employees in respect to the new Memorial.
Deputy Commissioner Busson said:
"We now have in place a stunning RCMP Monument to honour
all "E" Division Members who gave their lives in the
service of British Columbians.
This special Memorial stands to remind everyone, especially those who
place themselves in harms way, of the sacrifice made by our fallen heroes
to maintain the peace and safety of the citizens of this province."
Deputy Commissioner Busson knew all the volunteers who were responsible for the success of this Memorial. Later, she tagged the small group of organizers as: "Parades 'R' Us"!
by Vet. Superintendent Ric Hall (Rt'd)
Photos by 'E' Division Vet. Superintendent Ric Hall. Ric retired as the Officer-In-Charge, Coquitlam Detachment, 'E' Div. (BC)
O.1330, Superintendent Ric Hall (R'td)