A contingent of Durham Police members attended the 31st Annual National Police and Peace Officers' Memorial in Ottawa this weekend, to honour colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Thousands from across Canada and the U.S. marched up Parliament Hill in tribute to the 744 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This year two names were added to the memorial, RCMP Constable Douglas A. Scott (Nunavut) and RCMP Constable Christopher J. Worden (NWT).
Four historical names were also added, Game Warden Austin W. Letcher, (October 18, 1967, Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests), Constable Edward McMaster, (April 24, 1935, Toronto Police), Constable Leigh W. Metcalfe, (October 17, 1927, Ontario Provincial Police, Grimsby), Deputy Sheriff-Bailiff James McKay, (November 15, 1918, Court of Saskatchewan).
The names of these six officers were etched on the glass panels erected along the perimeter wall adjacent to the Memorial Pavilion. The Service is a lasting tribute to the sacrifice of these brave men and women. "They Are Our Heroes, We Shall Not Forget Them."
Minister of Public Safety, Stockwell Day was in attendance and asked everyone to reflect on the difficult job that officers do each and every day to keep our communities safe. “Our hearts go out to the families of all the lost loved ones,” he said. “The entire policing community shares their loss.”
In 1998, the federal government officially proclaimed the last Sunday of each September as Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day. This service gives Canadians an opportunity to express their appreciation for the ultimate dedication of these police and peace officers.
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