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Ontario Police Memorial Virtual Ceremony of Remembrance May 3, 2020 #HeroesInlife

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May 3, 2020 (Click here for official news release)
Each year in May we gather at the Memorial Wall of Honour at Queen’s Park for the Ceremony of Remembrance to honour not only our fallen officers, but also to recognize their family members. It is never lost on us, the incredible life changing sacrifice that they, the survivors, endure every day. It is imperative to keep the memories of their loved ones alive and to ensure that every fallen officer from our Ontario policing family, is never forgotten.

This year we find ourselves in unprecedented times with the onset of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.   These times highlight the dangers that our job entails.  With this pandemic come new risks to our front line police creating new challenges in an already dangerous job.  The pandemic safety directives have required that we cancel our public Ceremony of Remembrance event, however, let us not forget.

To date, the names of 267 Police Officers have been enshrined on the Ontario Police Memorial Wall of Honour.  The memorial was inaugurated in the year 2000 to honour fallen police officers and stand as a tribute to the bravery and loyalty of those who serve in Ontario’s policing community and to silently honour those officers who sacrificed their lives in their desire to make a difference in the pursuit of justice. 

Today and everyday throughout the year we remember and honour those brave men and women who have died in the line of duty.  We stand together to express our respect, our gratitude and our utmost appreciation to the families of those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  You will never be forgotten.  Our “HEROES in Life, Not Death.”

Please join me wherever this message finds you at 11am May 3rd, by taking a moment of silence to reflect and remember all of our brothers and sisters from police services close to home and across Canada, who dedicate their lives to serve and protect their communities and to honour those officers who have died in the line of duty. We are so gravely reminded of this with what has just taken place in Nova Scotia and our fallen sister, RCMP Officer Heidi Stevenson, mother, daughter, hero. We stand together to express our respect, our gratitude and our utmost appreciation to her family and the families of all of the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

To learn about how to participate in or view our virtual Amazing Grace social media campaign and watch the pipers live or anytime later please visit our website link CeremonyOfRemembrance.ca/AmazingGrace 

Thank you,
Mike Adair, President
Ontario Police Memorial Foundation

Quick Link References:
Blog Post With Instructions For Virtual Ceremony of Remembrance
Facebook Event “Amazing Grace Virtually For Ontario Police Memorial 2020”
Tweet to invite people to join in the virtual Ceremony of Remembrance
Instagram post to invite people to join in the virtual Ceremony of Remembrance
Donate online to the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation

Editor’s Note:
A number of videos were filmed leading up to the 2020 Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance, originally to encourage the maximum attendance at the event. After the cancellation due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, these videos are now being released on the day of the scheduled 2020 Ceremony of Remembrance for all to watch on our virtual Ceremony of Remembrance. We hope to film more videos in the future. If you are a surviving loved one of an officer who died in the line of duty or a member of a police service who wish to film a video please contact us. 

Mike Adair President Ontario Police Memorial Foundation 2020

Tyrone Hilton-Officer Commanding Toronto Police Chief’s Ceremonial Unit

Brenda Orr, Widow of Provincial Constable David Mounsey

Nancy MacDonald, Widow of Sudbury Regional Police Constable Joey MacDonald

Colleen Eve, Daughter of Provincial Sergeant Margaret Eve  

Erin Ochakovsky, Widow of Peel Regional Police Constable James Ochakovsky

Barbara Irwin, Widow of Toronto Police Detective Michael Irwin

Play And Share Amazing Grace Virtually For Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance 2020 #HeroesInLife

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Play Amazing Grace and post to social media on Sunday May 3, 2020 to honour 267 Ontario Police Officers on the day of what would have been the annual 2020 Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance

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The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Sunday May 3, 2020 Ceremony of Remembrance had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak.

The motto of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation is “Heroes In Life, Not Death”. To mark the the date of the Ceremony and honour the 267 police officers who have died in the line of duty in Ontario, supporters are asked to play Amazing Grace on Sunday May 3, 2020 in memory of the officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Please video record your version of Amazing Grace practicing appropriate physical distancing, and post to social media with the hash tag #HeroesInLife to honour our fallen officers, and mark the day of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance. If posting to twitter please tag @HeroesInLife for a retweet. If posting to Facebook please tag Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Facebook page. If posting to Instagram please tag @HeroesInlife Instagram account.

To view the Honour Roll, and learn more about the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance visit the website the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation website OPMF.ca

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*CANCELLED* Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance in Toronto Sunday May 3, 2020 11am

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Due to the COVID-19 Virus situation, we regret to announce that the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance scheduled for Sunday May 3, 2020 in Toronto has been cancelled. See attached letter with full details from the OPMF President Mike Adair

**CANCELLED**
Due to the COVID-19 Virus situation, we regret to announce that the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance scheduled for Sunday May 3, 2020 in Toronto has been cancelled. See attached letter with full details from the OPMF President Mike Adair

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Due to the COVID-19 Virus situation, we regret to announce that the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance scheduled for Sunday May 3, 2020 in Toronto has been cancelled. See attached letter with full details from the OPMF President Mike Adair

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