MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

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MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

Once again we will meet on Parliament Hill to honour our fallen comrades, and to ensure that the magnitude of their sacrifice will never be forgotten. This being our 40th anniversary we will continue the focus of the Memorial on the unsung heroes, the surviving families of those brave men and women who died in the line of duty.

In 1998 the Canadian Government officially proclaimed the last Sunday of September of every year as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. On January 17, 2003 Canadian Heritage declared the last Sunday of September of every year as a nation wide flag half-masting on all federal buildings and establishments in Canada, including the Peace Tower, from sunrise to sunset in honour of our fallen officers. These official proclamations are a fitting sign of respect, not only to those gathered on the hill, but also for those who made the ultimate tragic sacrifice to keep our communities safe and our environment protected.

In 1978 the first Memorial honoured 14 officers. In 2017 the names of over 850 members will be engraved on the Honour Roll. The glass panels provide a lasting tribute to our heroes, and ensure that future generations are reminded of the supreme sacrifices of our fallen members.

On behalf of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Police Association (CPA), and Canadian Peace Officers’ Memorial Association (CPOMA), we will continue our new method of distribution of the Memorial weekend events and information.

We are continuing our efforts to send electronic packages instead of mailing several hundred envelopes enabling us to better focus our efforts for a fitting tribute to the valiant officers we come together to remember.

The Parade Orders can be viewed at www.thememorial.ca under the tab SERVICE. The parade will march rain or shine to Center Block for the 11:00 am start of the Memorial Service. Form up will remain at Wellington and Kent Streets in assigned columns.

On behalf of the Memorial, I ask that you continue your support of the Service, which in turn demonstrates our dedication to honour our comrades. It is also our way of ensuring the family members of those we are remembering are forever in our thoughts and prayers.

Regrettably this year again we will add names to the honour role. Additional information outlining the activities during the Memorial Service weekend will be posted at www.thememorial.ca for the benefit of your members. We would also welcome you to join us on our new Facebook page which can be viewed under Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial or CPPOM.

Finally, please be advised that due to ongoing construction, the Memorial Pavilion is not accessible. The glass panels honouring fallen officers have been temporarily relocated behind East Block by the Famous Five Monument on Parliament Hill.

Yours sincerely,

Terrence J. Welsh

 

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