Pillars of the Force

“PILLARS OF THE FORCE” is a major initiative of the Friends of the Mounted Police Heritage Centre and RCMP Veterans’ Association, dedicated to recognizing all Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who have honourably served; Officers who, day in and day out, answer the call to duty often under difficult and challenging circumstances.

They are among Canada’s best and are indeed, the “Pillars of the Force”. This initiative also recognizes the dedicated public service employees, the community at large and families who support the Members on the front line.

To acknowledge their service and contribution, the pillars lining the “Princess Royal Walk” at the RCMP Heritage Centre, overlooking the north gate, at “Depot” Division, “Home of the RCMP”, are being dedicated to recognize veterans and serving members of the Force who have successfully completed their basic training program and serve honourably, without fear, favour or affection.

Not only does this initiative provide a lasting legacy to those who serve and provide support, it ensures the RCMP Heritage Centre has an ever expanding collection of stories and financial resources to continue sharing our story with generations to come.

Pillars of the Force – How Does it Work?

Pillars of the Force provide opportunities to preserve legacies via engraved nameplates on the Pillars, engraved bricks on the Walkway and upon a virtual pillar inside the Heritage Centre.

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The “Pillars of the Force” will open to the public at the RCMP Veterans’ Association AGM in Regina, “Home of the RCMP” in June of 2020.

Once opened, the “Princess Royal Walk” and the adjacent pillars along the front of the RCMP Heritage Centre will be transformed into a living legacy of those who serve and have served as it continues to grow over the following years. This initiative will also provide financial support to ensure the legacy is shared with generations to come.

“Since 1873 the pillars of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been its people – those who served with honour, self-less dedication, and courage, and the families and employees who served in different but equally as important ways beside them. The Pillars of the Force initiative is all about the enduring legacy left by the people of the Force – providing a dignified place for memory, recognition and reflection. Located at the Heritage Centre at “Depot” Division in Regina, the regimental home of the Force since 1885, the Pillars of the Force is an ideal way to permanently mark one’s own place in the history of the Force and of Canada – to salute the people of yesterday and today who have made the Force what it is and will become, and to inspire the people of tomorrow.”

Mark Gaillard, National Secretary and Historian of the RCMP Veterans’ Association, Ottawa

Stake Your Claim

Register now and reserve your place to record your legacy or that of a colleague or loved one.

Click here to access the application form or visit the Friends of the Mounted Police Heritage Centre at http://rcmphcfriends.com/pillars-of-the-force/.

“Stake your claim” in the Pillars Initiative NOW and surprise someone you love with a very special and unique Christmas gift this year.

“This is a long overdue initiative, one that I whole heartedly endorse. I love the pillars concept to celebrate the men and women who have been and are, the true “pillars of the Force.”

Karen Adams, (Somers) RCMP Rtd. Troop 17, 1974/75

“I am the widow of a dedicated, proud member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the late Ivan Thue, S/Sgt. (Rtd). He was co-founder of the Friends of the
Mounted Police Heritage Centre (originally the RCMP Centennial Museum) and he loved history.  I cherish the time we spent together, sharing our lives and experiences in the Force, including our time in the Arctic. The Pillars of the Force is a wonderful tribute to those who serve, especially our Veterans.”  
Jean Thue (Life Time Member Ladies Auxiliary)

“As a retired couple (with the bulk of our service on the Musical Ride), we feel this inspiring initiative will help celebrate and recognize all members of the RCMP and forever commemorate their contributions, stories and service to the Force and the communities they have served, as PILLARS!

Chris (Mackie) Windover, Cpl. (Rtd.), Francois (Frank) Duguay Sgt,(Rtd.)

“The Pillars of the Force is an excellent initiative as it will provide our serving, retired members, employees, their families, as well as all of its future members and employees the opportunity to contribute to the history and achievements of the Force from the March West to today. The success of the Force throughout its history has been due to the people who made it happen up to now and into eternity. The RCMP Heritage Centre is the ideal location to display these achievements. I was very fortunate to have joined the Force and made it a full career over my 35 years of service. I commend The Friends of the RCMP Heritage Centre for their leadership and congratulate the RCMP Veterans’ Association for their inspired action in partnering on this initiative.”

Frank A. Richter – Troop G 63/64 –A/Commr (Rtd.) Franks Facts & Funnies

“The RCMPVA Board of Directors unanimously agreed to endorse and support this inspired initiative that tangibly honours the lives and service of members & employees of the RCMP.”

Ralph Mahar, (RCMP Rtd.) Executive Officer, RCMP Veterans’ Association

“For generations of members and their families, this initiative affords the opportunity to share those stories yet to be told, of how each individual Member contributed to the legacy of the RCMP, as a world renowned police force.”

R.T. (Bob) Smart, (RCMP Rtd.) President, Friends of the MP Heritage Centre

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