Whether running, cycling or attending, over 200 OPP officers honoured the fallen and demonstrated their support for their families at Sunday’s Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ 42nd Annual Memorial Service.
Cyclists rode 700 km from the Ontario Police College in Aylmer to Parliament Hill in Ottawa as part of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Ride to Remember. Twenty-five OPP members, including Commissioner Carrique, joined approximately 190 riders for the three-day trek. With help from the OPP Youth Foundation, bicycles were given away to 10 deserving children within OPP jurisdictions along the way.
Thirty runners from the OPP also took to the pavement for the 460 km run from the Ontario Police Memorial at Queens Park in Toronto to Ottawa to join thousands gathered from across Canada. This year, Commissioner Carrique led the procession as Honorary Parade Marshall to pay tribute to the over 870 officers who have died in the line of duty as four names were added to the honour roll.
“These events are an opportunity to pay tribute to our fellow police and peace officers who sacrificed their lives in service of their communities. It is also a time to reflect on and support the fallen officers’ families and loved ones whose lives are forever changed,” says Commissioner Thomas Carrique.
Each year, the last Sunday of September is Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. Across Canada, flags on all federal buildings and establishments are lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset in honour of our fallen officers.
Cover photo: OPP news files