Inauguration of the exhibition: “The RCMP: A Canadian tradition”

Today the Juno Beach Centre inaugurated the temporary exhibit “The Royal Canadian Mounted Police: A Canadian Tradition” which will be on display in the hall of the museum until the end of the year.

A big thank you to Surintendant Sandro Colasacco RCMP from British Columbia, Yvan Lafontaine, liaison Officer RCMP Canadian Embassy, Paris and the Commandant and Gendarmes of the Bayeux Department company and Courseulles-sur-Mer district brigades. Thank you to all the JBC supporters who came to honour the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, notably Monsieur Jérôme Igual, Deputy Mayor of Courseulles-sur Mer, Monsieur Hubert Delalande, Mayor of Bény-sur-Mer, Monsieur Pudepièce, President of Association des Anciens-Combattants de Courseulles, Monsieur Daniel Granotier, Ambassador of the Régiment de la Chaudière and members of the Association des Amis du Centre Juno Beach.

Remarks by Sandro Colasacco, Surintendant, Division E, British Columbia Royal Canadian Mounted Police

As the title of this exhibition states, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a unique police force who since its early beginning in 1873 has become a Canadian tradition an integral part of Canadian society. The red serge clad Mountie has become a Canadian symbol recognized around the world. Founded on the principle of “peace order and good government,” the cornerstone of our Canadian Constitution, the first 275 members of the Northwest Mounted Police marched into western Canada to bring law to a lawless land in order to “maintien le droit.”  Since that time, we have grown to a Force of approximately 18,000 police officers and 10,000 civilian members and public service employees continuing our tradition of maintaining law and order in all 10 provinces and 3 northern territories that make up Canada today. In 143 years, we have literally gone from a police force that relied on horse and cart to a modern police force operating nationally and internationally using and sometimes developing the most modern and sophisticated policing techniques.

I consider myself very privileged to have been part of that tradition over the last 30 years of my life. I am also privileged to be here today to represent Canada and the RCMP in the opening of this exhibition.   I consider myself fortunate to be in this beautiful Norman setting and in a place that honours and commemorates Canada’s contributions and sacrifices in the struggle to liberate Europe during WW II.

This exhibition would have not been made possible without the support of the Juno Beach Board of Directors and the expertise of the Juno Beach Centre’s highly qualified staff. For that we are very thankful.


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