The Saskatchewan Police Memorial Ride to Remember is an annual cycling event bringing together law enforcement members to remember Canadian police and peace officers who have died while serving, and began Sept. 21 with an 80-kilometre leg from Regina to Moose Jaw.
At the end of that first leg, the cyclists were greeted with a barbecue sponsored by Holiday Inn Express Moose Jaw — with Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) members there to help cook and serve the food.
Those taking part in the Police Memorial Ride to Remember are active or retired officers, civilians, and many more. Rick Johns, deputy chief of the Moose Jaw Police Service, is on the ride this year.
“The Moose Jaw Police Service were very happy to welcome the riders to Moose Jaw on Thursday as they finished the first leg of their 450-kilometre journey," the MJPS said in a media statement. "The MJPS supports the Saskatchewan Ride to Remember, as it gives those taking part a chance to pay their respects, build awareness, and show support for fallen members."
According to the Saskatchewan Police Memorial Ride to Remember website, in 1998 the federal government established the last Sunday of every September as a Memorial Day for police and peace officers. Saskatchewan officially followed in 2003.
This will be the eighth year of the Saskatchewan Ride to Remember.
From Moose Jaw, the ride proceeds 152 kilometres to Weyburn, then 187 kilometres back to Regina (although this leg is typically broken up into more manageable chunks).
Day 4 takes place in Regina with a 40 to 50 kilometre ride around the Regina Bypass to the Saskatchewan Legislature. Cyclists finish on the parade square with a full motorcycle escort.
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