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Coronavirus: Kelowna RCMP to honour healthcare workers with procession

Community unites to pay tribute to health care workers
Applause has become a ritual around seven in the evening around the world in cities affected by COVID-19, and Kelowna is joining in on the tribute.

It’s a gesture of respect and gratitude.

RCMP in Kelowna have planned a procession in front of Kelowna General Hospital on Saturday and Sunday evening.

The procession will include marked police vehicles with lights and sirens activated as a way to say thank you to the medical professionals on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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In Vancouver, thousands of people have been thanking healthcare workers nightly at 7 p.m., from their balconies and windows by making all kinds of noise.

In Kelowna, the RCMP procession is planned for 7:30 p.m., both evenings.

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The procession will travel westbound on Clement Avenue, southbound on Water Street and along Pandosy Street past Kelowna General Hospital before officers disperse to their duties.

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“This event has been inspired by the utmost respect, admiration, and appreciation the Kelowna RCMP have for our healthcare professionals who have been tasked with a difficult job during the challenges of the pandemic of COVID-19,”  said Cpl. Michael Kube.

“We wanted to show our support for everything they are doing for our community.”