Welcome to the brand new official blog for the Canadian Police & Peace Officers Memorial Foundation. The blog was created in collaboration with Terry Welsh and Inspector Don Sweet of the Ottawa Police Service. Community member Rob Cairns donated the creation of the blog for the purpose of engaging the important message of the Canadian Police And Peace Officers Memorial in social media. A live stream of the 35th Annual 2012 Ceremony of Remembrance and March Past will be hosted on this blog by clicking on the “Watch Us Live” tab. The stream will be done by RCMP Ontario Social Media Specialist Jean Turner-Floyd in partnership with the Toronto Police Corporate Communications social media team.
For full information on the Memorial visit the official website of the Canadian Police And Peace Officers Memorial hosted on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police website.
MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
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. This being our 35th anniversary 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 2012 the names of over 810 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.
On behalf of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Police Association (CPA), and Canadian Peace Officers’ Memorial Association (CPOMA), we will continue our new
method of distribution of the Memorial weekend events and information.
We are continuing our efforts to send electronic packages instead of mailing several hundred envelopes enabling us to better focus our efforts for a fitting tribute to the valiant officers we come
together to remember. The Parade Orders have been changed from past years and can be viewed at Thememorial.ca under the tab ‘Service’. The parade will march rain or shine to Center Block for the 11:00 am start of the Memorial Service. Form up will remain at Wellington and Kent Streets in assigned columns.
On behalf of the Memorial, I ask that you continue your support of the Service, which in turn demonstrates our dedication to honour our comrades. It is also our way of ensuring the family members of those we are remembering are forever in our thoughts and prayers.
This year we will be adding one name to the honour role; Constable Vincent Roy from Bromont,
Additional information outlining the activities during the Memorial Service weekend will be posted at Thememorial.ca for the benefit of your members.
Terrence J. Welsh
Ottawa Police Service Staff Sergeant – Retired
Canadian Memorial Service Coordinator
Cell: (613) 880-5221
Many events are being hosted throughout the weekend. A list of them are posted below. If anyone wishes to use this blog to write a post to feature their event and have it easily sharable on social media platforms, please send an email to Constable Scott Mills at email@example.com or Scott.Mills@TorontoPolice.on.ca or call cell 647-449-2801.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
7:00 am – 10:00 am Memorial Service Breakfast at Russell’s Lounge, sponsored by the Canadian Police
9:00 am – 9:55 am Reading of the entire Honour Roll of fallen officers at the Memorial Pavilion
Parliament Hill, West Corner
9:00 am – 10:00 am Police/Peace Officer Parade form up, Supreme Court of Canada, Kent and Wellington
9:30 am – 10:30 am Seating for Memorial Service
9:45 am – 10:00 am Motorcycles proceed to Hill, East Drive
10:00 am – 10:15 am Prelude by police choirs
11:00 am – 12:00 pm 35th Annual Memorial Service
Parliament Hill (rain or shine)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Reception in Centre Block hosted Public Safety Canada
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Memorial Service Luncheon (build your own sandwich bar and hot chilli) $10
at Russell’s Lounge
In addition to the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, a number of weekend events have
been arranged for those traveling to Ottawa.
2012 MEMORIAL WEEKEND EVENTS
Thursday, September 27, 2012
8:45 am National Peace Officers Memorial Run leaves Queen’s Park, Toronto. For more
information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, September 28, 2012
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meet and greet, lasagne & salads $10, Russell’s Lounge, 141 Catherine Street
8:00 pm – 2:00 am DJ & dancing at Russell’s Lounge and live music in the tent.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
17th Annual Canadian Police Association Memorial Golf Tournament
(For further information contact Michael Gendron at 613-231-4168 ext. 229) CPA-ACP.ca
9:00 am – 3:00 pm 11th Annual Canadian Police Memorial Weekend Trade Show at Tom Brown Arena, 141
Bayview Road (proceeds to CHEO). Tickets $2 at the door; $10/table. For more
information contact Bob Pyefinch at email@example.com or 613-345-8431.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Canadian Police Professional Solo Piping Contest. Piobaireachd (classical) component.
Ottawa City Hall, 111 Lisgar St. Tickets $10 at the door. (proceeds to CPA-Robert
Warner Memorial Fund)
3:00 pm National Peace Officers Memorial Run arrives on Parliament Hill.
Ride to Remember arrives on Parliament Hill.
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Prime Rib Roast of beef with all trimmings $15 at Russell’s Lounge
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Canadian Police Professional Piping Contest March and Strathspey component
(licensed). Ottawa City Hall, 111 Lisgar St. Tickets $10 at door. (proceeds to Memorial)
8:00 pm – 2:00am Entertainment at Russell’s Lounge with D.J. and live music in the tent
SHUTTLE VANS TO MEMORIAL WEEKEND EVENTS ONLY: 613-952-4204 (Next of Kin)
(Friday and Saturday 08:00 – 24:00, Sunday 06:30 – 16:00)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 613-880-5221
FOR HOTEL INFORMATION: OttawaHotels.com