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(This page is dedicated to Roy Berlinquette, Michel Pelletier & Suzanne Sarault for their dedication, commitment and efforts in having this come to fruition)
RCMP NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY AT BEECHWOOD
23 SEPTEMBER 2017
” Some of you may recall that while I was posted in Montreal in the 1970’s, I had the privilege of being friends with the Montreal Canadiens. In those days, the Montreal Canadiens played hockey in what we lovingly called the “Cathedral of Hockey”, the FORUM.”
COMMEMORATIVE TORCH BY MICHEL PELLETIER
This had a profound effect on me. Hence when it came to the planning and development of the RCMP Veterans’ celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, this was the nucleus of the idea for the “Memorial Flame Ceremony/Torch Relay” from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill to the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Canada’s National Cemetery, Beechwood.
Many will recall this photo of Hockey Hall of Fame, Maurice “Rocket” Richard passing the “Torch” to Jean Beliveau who lit the fresh ice at the new Molson Centre in Montreal. Together with a great and good friend of the Force, Réjean Houle, past Stanley Cup winner, General Manager and President of the Montreal Canadiens Alumni, we were able to replicate the form of the torch. When Roy Berlinquette and I explained the scenario and plans to Réjean Houle, he actually offered to let us utilize their torch; however, we wanted to make our torch unique as well. Rejean referred us to the original artist who designed and built the torch.