Armed Forces casualties warrant same level of respect

If it had been a Canadian soldier killed in the line of duty, would the same courtesy and respect be given as to an RCMP officer?

I admire and respect the RCMP and think it a great shame if a member is killed in the line of duty.

I refer to the large parade and funeral held in Langley during which thousands of uniformed mourners attended the funeral of one of their own.

If it had been a Canadian soldier killed in the line of duty, would the same courtesy and respect be warranted?

Would members of his regiment parade in dress uniform behind a military band?

I suspect that it boils down to the fact that it is a rarity for a member of the RCMP to be killed on duty (the exception was the tragic loss of four members ambushed in Alberta a few years back) and that casualties are far more frequent in the Canadian Forces.

What’s more, I’m pleased to see the RCMP get some favourable publicity for a change.

 

Mike Harvey, Langley

Surrey North Delta Leader

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