ONTARIO POLICE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION’S CEREMONY of REMEMBRANCE
On Sunday May 6th 2018, the 19th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for Ontario’s fallen police officers will take place in Toronto Ontario Canada. See below for further details:
All 266 names will be read aloud beginning at 10am, by two recruits representing the latest graduating class of Ontario’s finest from the Ontario Police College. Music from the Waterloo Regional Brass Band 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, the United States of America and Europe in their march along Queen’s Park Crescent, arriving at the steps of the Legislature before 11am for the official start of the annual Ceremony of Remembrance.
Attending the Ceremony will be the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Ontario; and the families and friends of the fallen officers.
The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation (OPMF), host of the annual Memorial Service, continues with its research to fulfill its goal of ensuring that every fallen officer from Ontario will not be forgotten.
The architectural illumination of the CN Tower will be done in blue light the evening of May 5th to honour police officers in the Province of Ontario who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation will be streaming live at http://ceremonyofremembrance.ca/live throughout the Ceremony.
Contact Persons: Rondi Craig, President, OPMF at 416-702-7487, Organizer Tanis Hurst at 647-668-7528, or Toronto Police Service Corporate Communications Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu Office: 416-808-7094 Cell: 647-919-0284
Fact Sheet – Ontario Police Memorial
-The Memorial is located in a small park adjacent to the Ontario Legislature, at the corner of Grosvenor Street and Queen’s Park Crescent.
-The Memorial was built from a grant provided by the Ontario Government. Official dedication Service May 7th, 2000.
-The Memorial consists of two bronze statues, (approximate 2.5 m), depicting a male officer in duty dress circa 1950-1990 and a female officer in modern duty dress.
-The statues are mounted atop a large granite pedestal base (weighing 30,000 lbs). At the feet of the statues are eight (8) cascading granite walls. The four – (4) walls on either side of the main pedestal form a horseshoe shape. The names of all known fallen officers are inscribed on these walls, the “Wall of Honour”.
-Toronto based artist; Mr. Siggy Puchta is the sculptor of the bronze statues. He has many awards and accomplishments (1986 he designed the trophy depicting the Calgary Saddledome for the Calgary Cup Games (pre-Olympic games). In 1991, he was commissioned to create seven large Canada Geese for the Blue Water Bridge Authority in Sarnia, Ontario. In 1994, he designed the Marilyn Bell award sculpture).
Criteria to add a police officer’s name on the “Wall of Honour”:
-The deceased member must have been a sworn member of a police service.
-The Death must have occurred as a result of a traumatic event influenced by an external agent.
-The deceased member must have been on duty at the time of death, or if off duty, acting in the capacity of a police officer, or the circumstances
leading to the death must have been brought about because of the deceased’s official status.
-The deceased must have acted in good faith in doing everything that could reasonably have been expected.
-Notwithstanding all of the above, the Committee may consider any set of circumstances which lead to a death of a member of a police service.
-266 Officers from Ontario Police Services are named on the Wall of Honour.
-68 Ontario Police Services are named on the Wall of Honour.
-The Ontario Provincial Police have 87 officers named on the Wall of Honour.
-The Toronto Police have 41 officers named on the Wall of Honour.