It was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration in Maple Creek on Teusday.

Folks from in and around the community came together at the Oldtimers Museum, where they honoured the local RCMP detachment for its 150th anniversary. 

Helping out with organizing and attending the event himself was Barry Elliott, chief administrative officer for the Town of Maple Creek. 

"At 5 o'clock, we are going to have an opportunity for people to come by and meet the members," said Elliott. "We will be providing some celebratory cake and coffee and some iced tea."

One of those members was Maple Creek RCMP Staff Sergeant John Phipps. 

"I think the organization has a wonderful heritage. It serves an awful lot of people and a large number of communities from coast to coast," said Phipps. "It's definitely an honour to be part of it."

Folks who made it to the celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. were welcome to share some snacks and beverages and trade stories about the local detachment. They were also encouraged to get to know their local law officers. 

"It was an opportunity to get together briefly with the RCMP members to thank them and their predecessors for 150 years of service to our community," said Elliott. 

This year will mark 150 years for the RCMP all across Canada, meaning Maple Creek has one of the original detachments. Their relationship with the RCMP hasn't waivered in a century and a half, with both sides cherishing the connection. 

"It's absolutely imperative and integral to the community," said Elliott. "The RCMP has always been incredibly important to not just our community but our neighbouring communities and our entire region.

Phipps reciprocated that notion. 

"It's definitely been a lot of fun and very enjoyable doing what we do," said Phipps. "I look forward to many more years doing the same thing." 

If anyone missed out, they are encouraged to congratulate the RCMP when they run into them out and about. A simple thank you, job well done, or even a friendly smile can go a long way to making anyone feel appreciated for the role they play.