EDMONTON, AB – History, excellence and a love for the community. Northlands preserves and encourages these traits every day, and the K-Days Parade is a special opportunity to thank individuals, groups and organizations who embody these characteristics. As the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) celebrates its 125th anniversary, we are honoured to have the Chief Rod Knecht and members of the EPS serve as this year’s Parade Marshal for the K-Days Parade.
“Northlands is proud to recognize the noble history of the EPS in their milestone year,” said Tim Reid, President and CEO for Northlands. “The EPS and Northlands are both longstanding institutions in the city of Edmonton and both helped shape the city it has become and strives to be.”
The EPS comes from a modest beginning in 1892 when the first constable pledged to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Edmonton as Town Constable for the Edmonton Police Department (EPD). The first decade of the EPD saw two constables, a bicycle and two whistles protecting our city. Northlands’ humble roots reach back to a similar time period in1879, where a total of 275 people gathered in Fort Edmonton in October of that year to exhibit their best livestock, grain, vegetables and crafts. They were a collection of farmers, ranchers and agriculturists eager to volunteer their time for the greater good—to serve the community in a way that would benefit everyone. Both organizations have played a large part in laying the foundation for the strong city we see today.
“The EPS is honoured to marshal the 2017 K-Days parade, which we have been a part of for many years,” says Chief Rod Knecht. “As we celebrate our 125th year of service to Edmonton, it’s fitting that we do so with an event that is steeped in the history and spirit of our community.”
Chief Knecht and the EPS will kick off K-Days by leading the K-Days Parade on July 21 at 10 a.m. We are truly thankful for their outstanding service in our community.