RCMP officers from across Canada will be travelling to France today as part of an RCMP troop that will join a Government of Canada led delegation participating in the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Two RCMP officers representing the Nova Scotia RCMP were chosen to attend based on their generational connections to Vimy Ridge and WWI. Sgt. Wesley Blair works with the RCMP Training Section. He had three great uncles who fought in WW1. Cpl. Lana Woodfine works with Community Aboriginal & Diversity Policing Services at the RCMP. She had two great uncles who fought in WW1 and an aunt who went overseas as a nurse to assist during WW2.
A commemorative ceremony is scheduled for April 9 at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Arras, France with other ceremonial events to take place in surrounding communities beginning on April 5.
Throughout the week, Sgt. Blair and Cpl. Woodfine will be sending photos home to be shared on Twitter @RCMPNS and Facebook (Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia). We encourage you to check regularly for updates using the hashtag #Vimy100.
Source: Media Release