The Yellow Stripe

The Yellow Stripe
(as told from a senior RCMP officer to a junior member)

A simple vertical yellow stripe
Is said, “must be worn with pride”
For all those who have come before you
For all those who have died

You will walk where others fear to tread
You will protect those in need
You will stand tall where others tremble
The fight, you will lead

To Queen and country you will swear
Your oath, loyal and true
To serve amongst the finest
Canada’s family in blue

Proud to be Canadian
Shoulder to shoulder, thin blue line
Proud to make a difference
One person at a time

You will comfort a dying victim
Wipe away a child’s tear
Console a grieving loved one
Ease a community’s fear

Yes, you will arrest the bad guys
Get in a scrape or two
Stand up tall and dust off
That proud yellow stripe on blue

And if one day that yellow stripe
Should fall horizontal to the ground
Take heart young Mountie, you’re not alone
Your friends, they are around

Your family in blue will carry you
They will see justice done
For you they will stand, as the saying goes
“One for all and all for one”

And if like the sun, that yellow stripe
Should fade when the day is done
A grieving nation will mourn the loss
Of another daughter or son

The flag will fly at half-mast
But we, we will stand tall
You did your duty, you made us proud
“Above and beyond the call”

A sea of red will stand in tribute
While the bagpipes play
To honor your life, cut short,
was lost, at the closing of the day

But for now, young Mountie
Stand firm. Stand fast. Stand true.
To protect and serve proudly
With that yellow stripe on blue.

-Cst. Marilyn Emond

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