The annual Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance honours and pays tribute to Ontario’s fallen police officers who died in the Line of Duty – these officers are Heroes in Life, Not Death.
The 24th Annual Ceremony of Remembrance will occur on Sunday May 7, 2023, 11am at the site of the Ontario Police Memorial on Queen’s Park Crescent in downtown Toronto.
The event is open to the public. The Reading of the Honour Roll begins at 10am.
Five names will be added to the wall this year (four current and one historical)
Constable Andrew Hong, Toronto, 2022
Constable Devon Northrup, South Simcoe, 2022
Constable Morgan Russell, South Simcoe, 2022
Provincial Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala, Haldimand OPP, 2022
Constable. Vicki Lynn Wilson, Durham, 1992
These additions brings the total number of police officers killed in the line of duty honoured on the wall to 277.
Members of the policing community are invited to attend and participate in the march to honour our fallen comrades.
Parade marching orders are posted below.
There will be a livestream of the event publicly available on the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation’s Youtube, Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn.
All links are posted at ceremonyofremembrance.ca/live
A Fellowship Night will be hosted by the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation at Proof Bar and Patio, located in The Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel, 220 Bloor St W, Toronto on Saturday May 6, 2023. There is limited capacity. Tickets at $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets include one drink and passed finger foods. Email Tanis Hurst firstname.lastname@example.org before April 26th to purchase advance tickets while quantities last.
PARADE MARCHING ORDERS
Everyone is invited to attend the Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance Sunday May 7, 2023 at 11am.
The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation will be hosting the annual 2023 Ceremony of Remembrance in person at the site of the Ontario Police Memorial across from Queen’s Park in Toronto as we honour our Ontario police officers who have died in the line of duty, our Heroes in Life, Not Death.
The parade mustering location will be in the northeast quadrant of Queens Park Cresent, between Wellesley and the north end of Queens Park. The parade step-off point will be at the north end of Queen’s Park Cres near the 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Memorial. The following lists the Section for each Police Service, Pipe Band & Order of March.
- Column A: RCMP, MILITARY POLICE, OPP
- Column B: City Police A to Z
- Column C: Regional Services A to Z
- Column D: First Nations Police, Police from other Provinces and Nations, Military, Corrections, Customs, EMS, Municipal Services, and other agencies
The Toronto Police Service will be supplying a Command Post and the location of each Section will be marked.
Parade participants are to be assembled no later than 9:15am for an approximate march-off time of 10:15am.
A representative from each Section (responsible for drill commands) will attend the Command Post at 9:15am for a briefing.
Please note that there are several road closures in downtown Toronto on the date of this event for planned marathon. Please check local traffic and leave plenty of extra time to arrive at the destination. The specific road closures for the Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance on Sunday are listed below for your info:
Road Closure time: Sunday May 7, 2023 8am-2pm
- Queen’s Park Cres East, from Bloor St W to College St
- Queen’s Park Cres West, from Bloor St W to College St
- Hoskin Ave, from St. George St to Queen’s Park Cres W (local only)
- Grosvenor St, from Surrey Place to Queen’s Park Cres E (local only)
- St. Josheph St to be closed at St Thomas St, traffic to be redirected to Bay St. W (local only)
- Charles St to close at St. Thomas St, traffic to be redirected to Bloor St. W. (local only)