OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - On Sunday, September 28, 2008, 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. The Minister of
Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day will participate in the 31st
Memorial Service. In the past year, 2 police and peace officers have made the
ultimate sacrifice in keeping communities safe. They are:
Constable Douglas A. Scott (Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Nunavut)
Constable Christopher J. Worden (Royal Canadian Mounted Police, NWT)
Other historical names that were added this year are:
Game Warden Austin W. Letcher, October 18, 1967
(Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests)
Constable Edward McMaster, April 24, 1935
(Toronto Police, ON)
Constable Leigh W. Metcalfe, October 17, 1927
(Ontario Provincial Police, Grimsby, ON)
Deputy Sheriff-Baliff James McKay, November 15, 1918
(Court of Saskatchewan)
Their names are forever etched on the glass panels erected along the
perimeter wall adjacent to the Memorial Pavilion which now totals 744 fallen
officers. The Service is a lasting tribute to the sacrifice of those brave men
and women. "THEY ARE OUR HEROES, WE SHALL NOT FORGET THEM".
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 Canadian Police and Peace Officers Annual Memorial 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 Charles Momy, CACP President Steven Chabot
and CPOMA President Dennis Brock will be available for interviews after the
The 31st 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 http://www.cpa-acp.ca
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 are invited to the reserved seating
For further information:
For further information: Pierre Collin, Communications Officer, Canadian
Police Association, (613) 231-4168, Cell: (613) 299-6516