Canadian Police Memorial Service 2010

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Colour Party
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. 
Police Motrocycles
In 1978 the first Memorial honoured 14 officers. In 2010 the names of over 760 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.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Riders on Parliament Hill
Crowds on Parliament Hill endured cold and damp weather for this solemn occasion.  The turn out was excellent with several thousand police officers on parade and hundreds of spectators covering the main lawns in front of centre block.  A lone piper played from a roof top platform on east block.  There must have been at least one hundred police motorcycles lining the east side of the square.  We usually go to this event every year to pay our respects but missed last year because we were still out west.  I managed to see many old friends, some of whom I haven’t seen since I retired in 2005.  
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Horse Profile
We spent a very enjoyable 90 minutes taking photographs.  There are more photos on my Smugmug gallery.  Just click on any of the photos seen here to be taken to my gallery. 

2 Comments

  1. Sam&Donna Weibel September 27, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    As a 30year retired officer I salute your Fallen friends, All to many times in my career I had to attend the services of one of our own. God has Blessed us with great young men to carry on this task.Pray to keep them safe. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  2. Dennis and Donna September 27, 2010 at 2:02 am #

    Having a police officer in our family, this was a very nice tribute…