On the last Sunday in September each year, flags are half-masted on all federal buildings and establishments in Canada, including the Peace Tower, from sunrise to sunset to mark Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day that was officially proclaimed on September 24, 1998.
Yesterday, September 27th, marked Memorial Day 2020.
Police officers, serving and retired, and families of fallen police, meet on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to honour fallen comrades and to ensure that the magnitude of their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The focus of the Memorial is on the unsung heroes, the surviving families of those brave men and women who died in the line of duty.
Today the names of over 874 fallen officers are engraved on the Honour Roll tablets that are located next to the Summer Pavilion overlooking the Ottawa River.
Saugeen Shores Police Officer (ret’d) Doug Lein who attended each year, said that “It is a very moving, emotional ceremony.”