WATCH ABOVE: For more than a week, the city has been draped in blue ribbons to honour the police and fallen Const. Daniel Woodall. But what happens to the ribbons? Kent Morrison finds out.
EDMONTON – They’ve line the streets of Edmonton for more than a week: blue ribbons tied to trees, street lights and lamp posts.
In the days following Const. Daniel Woodall’s death, the Edmonton Police Wives Association started the blue ribbon campaign to line the route the fallen officer’s family would take into the city from the airport.
As a way to honour the fallen officer, his family and the Edmonton Police Service, the people of Edmonton quickly joined in the effort, with blue ribbons popping up in all four corners of the city.
But when is the right time to take them down?
Students at Monsignor Fee Otterson Elementary/Junior High School in southwest Edmonton, who lined their school fences with blue ribbons earlier this week, have a unique project planned.
Students from every class will create memory boxes and deliver them to police stations throughout the city. A special memory box will be put together for Claire Woodall and her boys.
“We’ll cut off the ribbons. We’re going to place them in some individual blue boxes and in those boxes we’ll include not only the ribbons, but we’ll include a prayer for the police officers,” said Principal Marie Whelan. “We wanted to create something that would be lasting for the police officers throughout the city.”
The students will also include a copy of a song they recorded called One Voice.
“We know that yes, the funeral took place yesterday, but at the same time, the prayers and the support for the family has to continue to be carried on.”
The gesture is a way for the students to show their appreciation to the Woodall family and city police, but Whelan says it’s also a way for the kids to gain a bit of closure.
“I think the children have been really impacted. The whole city has been impacted,” she said.
“We’re hoping that our boxes will be some form of closure, but maybe the different police units, stations will find some sense of closure themselves because it’s never really over, is it? It just carries on in our hearts and in our minds.”
As for the ribbons that line the rest of city streets, the City of Edmonton says there’s no timeline as for when they should be taken down, but suggests those who put them up take them down in a timely fashion so they do not diminish the message and the importance of why they were put up in the first place.
The Edmonton Police Wives Association says members will take down most of the ribbons they put up by Saturday. They realize people will need to take down the ribbons when they are ready, so say they won’t touch the ones they didn’t put up.