The concept of the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood is unique in the sense that it was conceived for the inclusive use of all employees of the RCMP, regular members, civilian members and public servants and their families. This is an important consideration as the unwavering support of the families of all employees has always been a distinguishing factor in their lives.
It is only fitting that Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada, is the chosen site as it is a beautiful public site where 300,000 visitors per year can pay their respects to those who have committed their lives to peace and good order on behalf of all Canadians.
The RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood is a legacy to the Force’s intricate role in the history of Canada from sea to sea to sea. It demonstrates the appreciation, respect, recognition, and unwavering commitment of the RCMP to its employees and their families.
The creation of the National Military Cemetery and the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery, with land shared for the internment of our policing partners of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), signify that Beechwood Cemetery is truly a place of honour for all Canadians.