Moncton cyclists to honour fallen RCMP officers with ride
Above: A group of cyclists in Moncton are coming together to pay tribute to the three RCMP officers killed almost a year ago. Shelley Steeves reports.
MONCTON – A group of cyclists in Moncton are coming together to pay tribute to the three RCMP officers killed in Moncton’s north end almost a year ago.
Henry Greene is organizing a community ride that he says will take place through the very neighborhood where the three RCMP officers were gunned down last June.
“I was in the lockdown zone yes and that was scary seeing armored vehicles in the streets.”
He says it has not been easy for the community to move forward and that’s why he and his cycling group are planning a cruise in support of the three fallen officers, their families and RCMP officers still paroling the city.
Greene says people living here, even a year later, are still in the process of healing
“It always was a great community, it was just one day one incident. Since then the community still gets our the kids get out and play in the streets.”
But Larry Layton says a sense of innocence once felt by many people throughout the city he believes has been lost.
“Let’s put it this way, I have a rifle that was in storage at my brother-in-law’s place. I haven’t touched it for 20 years, we took it out and cleaned it that night. ”
He says he hasn’t put it away since.
He says he’ll be riding in support of the fallen officers and their families, but also in support of officers still serving who he believes need better weapons and training.
“To bring awareness to they were not properly equipped perhaps, so let’s get behind them.” he says “I have a nephew that is RCMP out in British Columbia so I think of it quite often. Who knows he may be in that position anytime.”
The ride to support the fallen officers and those still serving takes place Wednesday, June 3rd just after 6pm. Riders are being asked to meet at the bike shop located at the end of Hildegard St and to wear red as a show of support.
“I think it will always be remember what happened but I think we will get back, we are strong.” says Greene
Layton agrees, but says the city has been changed for good.
“You got to carry on with your life. But I keep the rifle.”