Sunday, May 06, 2012

Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance

Queens park in #Toronto was full of uniformed officers and bands for the 13th annual Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance on Sunday May 6, 2012 (first Sunday in May).

Lt-Gov David Onley presented a wreath on behalf of of people of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty on behalf of the Government of Ontario, Detective Michael Catlin, NYPD on behalf of the USA and the Styles Family on behalf of families of fallen officers, see photo above. Thousands of police officers from around North America paid tribute to their comrades, including this New York Police detective with the World Trade Centre bar at the top of this post.

Posted by Joe Hamilton. See more coverage of the event after the jump.

Lt Gov David Onley talks with Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty
The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

From the Toronto Police media release: All 251 names (of fallen police officers) will be read aloud, beginning at 10 a.m., by two officers representing the latest graduating class from the Ontario Police College.

Music from the Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, and songs from members of the Ontario Police Choruses, will be performed prior to the arrival of the Procession of Honour. Police pipe bands will lead officers from across Ontario and the United States in their march around Queen's Park, arriving at the Memorial shortly before 11 a.m., for the official start of Ceremony of Remembrance.

The official party in attendance will be The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario; The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the families of the fallen officers.

Three names of have been added this year to the Wall of Honour:
− Port Robinson Constable Charles Richards: 2 October 1854
− Nipigon Constable George Armstrong: 18 July 1919
− York Regional Constable Garrett Styles: 28 June 2011
A long line of police motorcycles pass by

Toronto Police Spokesperson Officer Tony Vella

Pipe and Drum band
And a little drummer boy

Hamilton Police
The Chief's Ceremonial Unit

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