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A Sad Departure

:: It was a sombre mood on my campus today. One week ago on March 3rd, 2005, four young constables of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were gunned down by a deranged loner outside of Mayerthorpe, a small town west 130 km northwest of Edmonton. A national memorial service was held today in Edmonton, at the Butterdome Universiade Pavilion at the University of Alberta, where I work. Thousands of RCMP officers, and police from across Canada and the United States attended the service. Dignitaries included the Prime Minister on Canada, Premier of Alberta, and the Governor-General of Canada.

There was a massive police march on the west side of campus before the memorial service. It was apparently quite something to see. Along with two colleagues, we left our office to watch it, only to discover we were late, led to believe it began at 11:30, the time given in the local papers; in fact, it was over by 11:00 o’clock. I did not attend the service, which ran from 1:00-3:00 pm, but walked about the Butterdome area before and afterwards. Classes were still in session, and chances of getting a seat inside the dome were remote at best. I snapped a few pictures with my new digital camera along the way. I spoke with a few officers, includings ones from Victoria, and Ontario. The officer from Victoria said that he was amazed at the glorious weather, noting that it was warmer here than in Victoria. It is still winter, yet the sun was bright and very warm. The average high is -1C, but the temperature was in the low teens. Perhaps a higher power was at work today. In the past 72 hours, most of the snow in the city has melted.

The death of four officers at once was the largest loss of life in the history of the RCMP, and has devastated my country. Having happened so close to where I live makes it seem all the more real. One constable’s wife is expecting their second child, and another was engaged to be married. I watched some of the service on television this evening, and the eulogies delivered for each of the four officers were very moving. We can only hope that their families are able to find some comfort and solace from the support they have received from across the continent, and within their own communities.

:: Checking the CBC site for information on the aforementioned service, I see this headline: “Jetsgo ceases operations; travellers stranded“. Well, this blows chunks. I have a flight booked on Jetsgo to fly to Toronto in June to attend a conference.

2 Responses to “A Sad Departure”

  1. Tony Says:

    CBC Radio One was covering parts of the service as I was driving around on errands. I heard the hall was set for 11,000 and there were 15,000 mourners. I don’t think we have seen a funeral become a national ritual like this since Pierre Trudeau’s funeral. This memorial brought up some very strong feelings. Hearing Tyson singing Four Strong Winds brought me to the edge of tears. It’s a farewell song but I hadn’t heard it this way before.

  2. amanda Says:

    huge chuncks, Randy. Sorry for you. A little bit worse though is the plight of one of my colleagues who was literally *stranded* at Pearson this morning, she was on her way to her first beach vacation ever.

    Any chance you’ll see your money?

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