OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - On Sunday, September 30, 2007, thousands
of police and peace officers from across the country will gather on Parliament
Hill to honour colleagues who have died in the line of duty. Minister of
Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day will participate in the
30th annual service. In the past year, 4 police and peace officers have made
the ultimate sacrifice in keeping communities safe. They are:
Detective Constable Robert Plunkett
(York Regional Police, ON)
Constable Daniel Tessier
(Laval Police, QC)
Wildlife Protection Officer M. Richard Cayouette
(Québec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife)
Constable David Mounsey
(Ontario Provincial Police, Wingham, ON)
Other historical names that were added are:
Constable Ernest Laverge, February 28, 1952
(Hull Police, QC)
Corporal Laurance P. Ryder, January 20, 1943
(Royal Canadian MountedPolice, NB)
Chief Jules Vachon, June 3, 1934
(Trois Rivières Police, QC)
Constable Miles Campbell, June 29, 1929
(Ontario Provincial Police, Ottawa, ON)
Constable Frank H. Sissons, September 8, 1921
(Alberta Provincial Police, AB)
These additions bring the Memorial Honour Roll to 738 fallen officers.
Their names are forever 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 those brave men and women. "THEY ARE OUR HEROES, WE SHALL NOT
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.
The National Memorial Day Service is organized by the Canadian Police
Association (CPA), the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the
Canadian Peace Officers' Memorial Association (CPOMA). CPA President
Tony Cannavino, CACP President Steven Chabot and CPOMA President Dennis Brock
will be available for interviews after the Service.
The 30th National Memorial Service has been scheduled as follows:
9:00 a.m. - 10:00a.m. Reading of the entire Honour Roll of fallen
officers at the Memorial Pavilion on Parliament
Hill, West Corner.
10:00 a.m. Prelude by police choirs (steps in front of the
10:20a.m. Police and Peace Officers Parade proceeds to
Parliament Hill from Supreme Court of Canada,
corner of Kent and Wellington.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Memorial Service on Parliament Hill.
Pictures of the fallen officers are available at
Members of the media are invited to set up in their designated area (West
side of the steps in front of the Peace Tower) before 10:00am. Risers and hook
ups are on site. Media are expected to stay within the designated area until
the end of the Memorial Service.
All inquiries or requests for interviews with Memorial spokespersons or
family members of fallen officers are to be directed to Pierre Collin,
Communications Officer, Canadian Police Association.
Members of Parliament and Senators will be ushered to designated VIP
seating area at the left hand side facing Centre Block.
For further information:
For further information: Pierre Collin, Communications Officer, Canadian
Police Association, (613) 231-4168, Cell: (613) 299-6516