On Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 8:15 a.m., the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services, joined members of the law enforcement community to kick off the 13th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run at Ontario Police Memorial, Queens Park Toronto Several dignitaries joined the Minister to address those in attendance.
Following the kick-off, approximately 275 Peace Officers from across Ontario began their 3-day, 460 kilometre journey to the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial taking place on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
On Sunday September 24, 2017, thousands of peace officers and members of the public from across Canada, including American Law Enforcement personnel, will gather to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
On September 24, 1998 the Government of Canada officially proclaimed the last Sunday of September of every year as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. This National Memorial Day gives Canadians an opportunity each year to formally express appreciation for the dedication of police and peace officers, which made the ultimate tragic sacrifice to keep our communities safe.
Unfortunately, our comrades are falling at an alarming rate; six to eight officers a year for the last twenty-three years. In 1978 the first Memorial honoured 14 officers. In 2017 the names of over 860 fallen officers are engraved on the Honour Roll tablets, which are now located in their new temporary location, along the perimeter wall on Parliament Hill, near East Block, close to the Famous Five statues.