SUMMERSIDE — Everyone in the city best be on good behaviour later this month, lest they end up in the stockade.
Of course, Summerside hasn’t had a stockade in about 25 years, but that’s not likely to stop the 300 or so retired military police officers who are coming to town. The 2014 Canadian Forces Military Police Veterans Reunion is being held here from Aug. 21 to 24.
Local resident and retired military police officer Carl Delaney is leading the organizing committee, so he’s been even busier than usual lately.
This is Delaney’s second reunion of this kind he’s organized for Summerside.
“This is the only reunion of its kind now. I’m hoping in 2015 or so, somebody somewhere will step up and say ‘we’ll do it,’ but up until now, nobody has said that,” he said.
The organizing committee put a lot of work into the first reunion, which was in 2012, said Delaney, and they apparently left an impression because everyone wanted to come back again.
Word spread quickly from that first reunion, he added, and the result is a doubling of the attendance from 150 in 2012 to 300 in 2014.
Most of these visitors are planning to come early or stick around after the event, so they should bring in a nice little bump in business to the local merchants, said Danny Gosse, who is also on the organizing committee.
“I would think it would have a significant impact on the local economy,” said Gosse.
People come to these events to laugh, eat, drink and have a good time with old friends, said Gosse.
There’s really nothing quite like seeing someone who used to be so close to you after such a long time, he said.
“I think it’s fabulous. There’s a certain camaraderie you have in the military and there’s a lot of people you don’t see for 25 or 30 years.
“When you get back together it’s like no time has passed,” he said.