Canadians Are Wearing Red Tomorrow To Honour Nova Scotia Shooting Victims
They can share photos and video messages too.
Canadians are still trying to comprehend the tragedy of the Nova Scotia shooting. The event that left 23 people dead shocked the entire nation. Now there is a way for Canadians to show their solidarity and support for the victims.
In an April 22 tweet, the National Police foundation urged Canadians to wear red On April 24 in honour of fallen RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson and the otherwhose lives were taken.
"The @NPFFPN1 & @rcmpgrcpolice are organizing a day of mourning on Friday, Apr 24 for fallen Const. Heidi Stevenson & other innocent victims killed in #NovaScotia," the tweet reads, "Please join with us and all Canadians. #WearRedFriday #NovaScotiaStrong @RCMPNS #RCMPNeverForget."
According to a Facebook post from the organization, the tradition of wearing the colour on Fridays was started to support Canadian troops in Afghanistan.
People are being asked to share photos and videos of themselves showing their support in scarlet. They are also being encouraged to share any supportive messages they may have.
"Our hope is that this small gesture will help unite Canadians in a show of support for the RCMP and the families of all the victims of this tragic event," Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation said in a statement.
Sauvé also noted thathave made it so people cannot gather together in remembrance of those whose lives were taken.
"In better times, we would be able to come together in great numbers to show our appreciation," he said, "and so we hope by wearing red together on Friday we can mourn these senseless losses and show all the families that we care."
Canadian politicians have already tweeted out their support for the initiative, including, Newfoundland Premier Dwight Ball, and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
"Tomorrow, join me in wearing red to honour the victims, RCMP officers, first responders of the tragedy in Nova Scotia this week," Ford wrote, "On #WearRedFriday we stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Nova Scotia."