On Sunday May 5th 2019, at 11am the 20th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for Ontario’s fallen police officers will occur in downtown Toronto in the area of Queen’s Park Circle.
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 families and friends of the fallen officers, police officers, dignitaries and the public.
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 4th 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 throughout the Ceremony on Facebook Live and Youtube Live. Links to watch will be posted on this blog at this link CeremonyOfRemembrance.ca/Live
Official Facebook event can be accessed here Facebook.com/HeroesInLife
Mike Adair, Ontario Police Memorial Foundation President 705-715-1226
Organizer Tanis Hurst 647-668-7528
Toronto Police Service Corporate Communications 647-449-2801
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).
The criteria to add a police officer’s name on the “Wall of Honour”:
i. The deceased member must have been a sworn member of a police service.
ii. The Death must have occurred as a result of a traumatic event influenced by an
iii. 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
iv. The deceased must have acted in good faith in doing everything that could
reasonably have been expected.
v. 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.