Newfoundlanders and Labradorians come to Ottawa to participate in the wide range of special events and ceremonies. Their presence here provides an opportunity and solid platform to showcase many aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador’s proud culture, heritage and tradition. For example, the Shallaway Children’s Choir’s anthemic contribution to this past summer’s July 1st Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration at the National Cenotaph was one such memorable event.
There is another ceremony which clearly earns and deserves a special place as one of the most significant event representations that our province brings to the nation’s capital. This past Sunday, the last Sunday in September, more than 35 members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary stood proudly at the 40th Annual Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day on Parliament Hill. It is remarkable, and a great credit to these proud individuals who participate year after year in this ceremony, fundraising and paying their own way, in order to stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow police officers from all across Canada and regions of the United States.
It was certainly a very proud day for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians here in the Ottawa region who were privileged to bear witness to the parade of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, as they marched in their historic and distinct uniforms to a place of pride and significant presence at the foot of our Nation’s Peace Tower.
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, you did us all very proud!
Congratulations and thank you.