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2024 Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance

25th Anniversay Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance

The 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance honouring police officers who have died in the line of duty in Ontario is happening Sunday May 5, 2024 at 11am on Queen’s Park Crescent in downtown Toronto.

This year four names will be added to the Ontario Police Memorial:

Sergeant Eric Mueller
OPP Russell County Detachment 2023

Detective Constable Steven S. Tourangeau
Perth County OPP 2023

Chief Edward Lavery
Prescott Police 1928

Detective Sergeant Thomas A. Whitelaw
Metropolitan Toronto Police 1938

Families of fallen officers, dignatarites, all police members, sworn, civilian, active and retired, as well as their families, friends, media and the general public are invited.

There will be a live broadcast of the event.

Order of dress will be communicated by individual police services.

All policing members are invited to march in uniform. An outdoor lunch and refreshments will be provided after the event.

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 5, 2024 8am-2pm

Locations:

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)

The event will be live broadcasted on the Ontairo Police Memorial Foundation’s Youtube, Facebook, X and LinkedIn channels starting at 10am with the Reading of the Names, the March In, a special 25th Anniversary segment, the Ceremony of Remembrance at 11amET, and the March Past. The approximate end of the live broadcast is 12:30pmET. For the links to watch live or anytime later, as well as the press release for the event, click on ceremonyofremembrance.ca/live.

Statement Regarding Planned Protest of Mandates by First Responder Group at Ontario Police and Fire Fighter Memorials on September 13, 2021

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It has come to the attention of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation (OPMF) that a group of first responders plan to engage in a “silent protest against mandates” on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 11:45 a.m. at the site of the Ontario Police and Fire Fighters Memorials at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

The OPMF is a charitable foundation formed by the Police Association of Ontario (PAO), the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), the Toronto Police Association (TPA), the Ontario Senior Officers’ Police Association (OSOPA), and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP). The Foundation is responsible for the management of the Ontario Police Memorial, which includes adding names of fallen officers whenever required and hosting an annual Ceremony of Remembrance.

On behalf of our members, the OPMF denounces such a protest occurring at these memorial sites, which are intended to honour Ontario’s police personnel and fire fighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. To be clear, our Foundation and those within our organization do not endorse and are not affiliated in any way with the group coordinating today’s protest against mandates.

The OPMF is confident the vast majority of sworn and civilian police personnel across the province are committed to doing their part to help keep their communities and fellow first responders safe and healthy. Some policies recently announced or proposed in many municipalities pertaining to COVID-19 vaccinations for first responders are an important step toward ensuring that.

Everyone has the right to peacefully protest and stand up for what they believe in, and we are certainly respectful of that right, but the police and fire fighter memorials are not the appropriate venue to hold a demonstration against a political issue such as mandates. We respectfully request that the organizers of this protest re-locate their gathering so as to preserve the purpose and integrity of what the police and fire memorials represent within our first responder communities and for the families of those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

In Unity,

Jason Tomlinson, President
Ontario Police Memorial Foundation

2021 Ontario Police Memorial Virtual Ceremony of Remembrance

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Please join the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation on Sunday May 2, 2021 at 11amET as we pay tribute to those police officers in the province of Ontario who died in the line of duty. They are our “Heroes In Life, Not Death”.

The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation will live broadcast the 22nd Annual Ceremony of Remembrance from Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A full professional quality broadcast was planned but had to be cancelled due to the Stay At Home Order limit of 5 people for outdoor gatherings in Ontario.

In lieu of gathering together in person to celebrate the lives of our fallen, viewers are encouraged to tune into the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Facebook Live at 11am and follow along as the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation President, a representative of families, a piper and an officer to lay a single wreath will be live broadcasted from a cell phone to solemnly honour those who have paid the ultimate price while in service to their communities.

Itinerary

11am:  OPMF President – Jason Tomlinson

11:05am: Guest Speaker – Brenda Orr – OPP ret., widow of honoured fallen OPP officer David Mounsey

11:10am: Laying of Wreath – Wreath Layer – Sergeant Kevin van Schubert; Toronto Police Service – Friend of OPP PC Marc Hovingh and Family

11:15am Amazing Grace by Piper – Constable Hector MacDonald – Toronto Police Service

The link, once live, will be posted on this blog at CeremonyofRemembrance.ca/Live and it is appropriate to advise people wishing to watch to click on the blog link, or directly on the Facebook page hosting the Facebook Live at the link Facebook.com/HeroesInLife.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to post videos and photos to their social media using the official hash tag for the event of #HeroesInLife.

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Message From OPMF President Jason Tomlinson

Message from Ontario Premier Doug Ford

 

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