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Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Service
Sunday, September 28, 2014
On September 24, 1998 the Government of Canada officially proclaimed the last Sunday of September of every year as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. This National Memorial Day gives Canadians an opportunity each year to formally express appreciation for the dedication of police and peace officers, which made the ultimate tragic sacrifice to keep our communities safe.
Unfortunately, our comrades are falling at an alarming rate; six to eight officers a year for the last twenty-three years. In 1978 the first Memorial honoured 14 officers. In 2014 the names of over 840 members are engraved on the Honour Roll along the perimeter wall on Parliament Hill, overlooking the Ottawa River and the Supreme Court of Canada. 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.