For the past four years, family and friends from across Canada have joined together at the annual Three Fathers Memorial Run in Moncton. The race was started by the running buddies of RCMP constables Doug Larche, Dave Ross and Fabrice Gevaudan, who were killed in the line of duty in 2014.
The run continues to honour the Three Fathers and their families, providing a way for the community to remember the three men, who were runners themselves. Although much sadness still pulls at the hearts of the families, Nadine Larche and her committee have made this day a celebration of the Three Fathers.
It is a day to recall fine memories of their positive contributions, not only to their families but to the lives of so many in the communities served by the Codiac RCMP.
The powerful memorial statues of the Three Fathers act as a sobering reminder for all who complete the 3K, 5K and 10K events. All runners were presented with a finisher’s medal featuring the image of an RCMP cruiser. A fly-over by a CF-18 aircraft, the singing of our national anthem, RCMP members in uniform, flags, kites, and a pipe band all added to the day. The proceeds from the event will provide scholarship funds to high schools in the region.
Appropriately, the day was a mixture of poignant memories, tears, laughter, pride, fitness, family and friends. It is a fitting way for families to unite as Canadians on Father’s Day. The whole country needs to join with the communities of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview to support our heroes.