People are wearing red all across Canada today in support of Nova Scotia
Canadians are coming together today to wear red as a tribute to all those that were killed in the mass shooting in Portapique, Nova Scotia earlier this week.
Members of the National Police Federation have asked residents to "stand Together while being apart" today, and they're encouraging Canadians to wear red and pause in silence at 2 p.m. Atlantic time to honour those that we've lost.
Tomorrow April 24 at 2:00pm Atlantic time we will pause & mourn as a nation for fallen Cst. Heidi Stevenson & other innocent victims killed in #NovaScotia. Please wear red while we stay apart but stand together to remember everyone affected by this national tragedy #WearRedFriday pic.twitter.com/GDnfXrJulV— DRPS Central East Division (@DRPSCEDiv) April 23, 2020
"Twenty thousand members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police across Canada are preparing to pay their respects to Constable Heidi Stevenson, who was killed this past weekend while trying to stop the mass murderer in Nova Scotia," they wrote in a news release.
"But for the first time, the RCMP will not be able to hold a regimental funeral."
Join us and wear red today in support of the innocent victims in #NovaScotia. As families mourn and search for answers, our hearts are broken alongside theirs. We grieve with them. #WearRedFriday #NovaScotiaStrong pic.twitter.com/id5rptap7o— Public Safety Canada (@Safety_Canada) April 24, 2020
A total of 22 residents of the rural Nova Scotian town were killed this week when a gunman went on a deadly rampage dressed as an RCMP officer.
Our employees are wearing red today. It’s our physical-distance way of collectively mourning Cst. Stevenson & all of the victims. We hope this gesture brings strength & comfort to their family, friends and all Nova Scotians #WearRedFriday #NovaScotiaStrong ^JT pic.twitter.com/tyoSYohgVA— RCMP in Ontario (@RCMPONT) April 24, 2020
The victims we honour today include RCMP officer Heidi Stevenson, who risked her life to save others, as well as a teacher, a pregnant nurse, a 17-year-old girl and others.
Canadians all across the nation are sharing photos of themselves wearing red on social media as a result, and it's a reminder that we can still support each other from a distance.
Sporting lots of red today in honour of the 22 lives lost in Nova Scotia days ago. Stay strong everyone, ALL of Canada loves you and has you in our hearts.#WearRedFriday #NovaScotiaStrong pic.twitter.com/4zz7rJiQPK— K Green (@DoctaKen) April 24, 2020
Politicians from all provinces have also spoken up and urged residents to participate.
Today I encourage everyone in Saskatchewan – whether you’re working from home or on the frontlines of essential work – to wear red in memory of RCMP officer Heidi Stevenson and the other victims of the senseless tragedy in Nova Scotia. #WearRedFriday pic.twitter.com/aNJ1C02H9r— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) April 24, 2020
While cities as far as Toronto are dimming lights and mourning their memory.
The Toronto Sign will be lit in red today for #WearRedFriday in honour of the victims of the tragic shooting in Nova Scotia. Toronto continues to send the love and support of our entire city to Nova Scotia in the wake of this terrible tragedy.#NovaScotiaStrong pic.twitter.com/zg6WFm8bi9— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 24, 2020
A virtual vigil will also be held to honour the memory of the victims at 7 p.m. tonight.
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