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York Regional Police Hosts Fifth Annual Remembrance Ceremony

Posted on Tuesday November 10, 2015

The names of nine courageous men now line the path to the Recognition Stone in Georgina after York Regional Police hosted its fifth annual Remembrance Ceremony on November 6 at #3 District headquarters.

The markers of recognition honour nine former police officers in York Region who served in Canadian or Allied forces during and after the Second World War: Robbie Robbins, Bill Hill, Fred Mason, Tom Shields, John Tsinonis, Peter Foulds, Bill Hay, Bob Whitman and the first Chief of York Regional Police, Bruce Crawford.

Family members, friends and old war buddies arrived by the dozen to see the names written in stone.

“After fighting valiantly to protect our coveted freedoms, each of these men returned to York Region to ensure the safety and security of our community here at home,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe.

“These markers of recognition are only a small token of the great appreciation we have for their bravery in the face of war and their invaluable contributions to our community.”

Today, 51 York Regional Police members have served or are currently serving our country as members of the Canadian Forces.

“We remain committed to working together to ensure all people are safe and secure and we proudly stand next to the men and women of the Canadian Forces with this goal in sight,” Chief Jolliffe said.

The Recognition Stone at #3 District headquarters has been the focal point of the YRP Remembrance Ceremony since being unveiled in 2011.

In August, another marker was laid near the stone to commemorate the visit of L’association Westlake Brothers Souvenir, a group of students from France who travel the world to pay tribute to Canadian veterans.

The group visited #3 District headquarters and then Georgina Island to honour the contribution of First Nations soldiers to the liberation of France and the end of the Second World War.

See photos from the event on our Facebook page, or watch the video below.