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Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day
September 29, 2019
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. 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 2018 the names of over 870 members were 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.