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The York Regional Police Recognition Stone

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Two officers stand in front of a monument

Recognition Stone

A stone with a message

On November 4, 2011, York Regional Police, with the support of the Police Appreciation Night Committee, proudly unveiled a Recognition Stone, honouring the brave women and men of the Canadian Forces who have served their country.

The stone is located on the grounds of #3 District Headquarters at 3527 Baseline Road, in the Town of Georgina.

This recognition stone is available for members of the Canadian Forces, their families, friends, loved ones and members of the general public who are invited to stop by anytime to pay tribute to those who fought, or are fighting, for our freedom.

#3 District the Site of 6th Annual Remembrance Ceremony

Dozens of Canadian Armed Forces veterans and members of the community gathered in Georgina on November 4 to lay wreaths at the foot of the York Regional Police Recognition Stone. 

The event marked the sixth annual Remembrance Ceremony, hosted by York Regional Police at #3 District headquarters on the Friday preceding November 11. 

At the service, veterans from numerous Canadian Armed Forces regiments, along with members of South Simcoe Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, laid wreaths to honour the sacrifice of brave men and women who served their country at war. 

"The struggles you have endured, the sacrifices you have made and the terrible losses you and your families have suffered were not in vain," said Chief Eric Jolliffe. "We will never forget."

An officer stands in front of a classroom of small children

This year, the police service also honoured Bill Langman, former Chief of Aurora Police and Staff Sergeant in charge of the YRP School Safety Bureau, with a marker of recognition on the path to the stone. 

"This is only a small token of the great appreciation we have for Bill's bravery in the face of war, for his service to this great country and to our community right here at home," said Jolliffe. 

Langman landed in Normandy on June 8, 1944, just two days after the invasion, to fight in the European theatre and assist with the liberation of France. After the war, he returned home to a decorated career in policing until his retirement in 1976. He died in 2010.

Langman forged a policing tradition in his family. He was followed by son Byron, who spent his entire career with York Regional Police, and granddaughter Michelle, who continues to serve as a detective. 

His marker was the tenth to line the path to the Recognition Stone; last year, York Regional Police honoured nine courageous veterans with their own markers

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, all served in Canadian or Allied forces in the Second World War before returning to start policing careers in York Region. 

Photo Gallery: Remembrance Ceremony 2016 will appear here on the public site.

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