May 17th, 2018
The 19th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for Ontario’s fallen police officers took place at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Sunday May 6. Police officers from across Ontario, the United States and Europe gathered in Toronto on Sunday to be part of the commemoration. This year, the Commissionaires Great Lakes Ceremonial Unit was invited to march in the parade.
Police pipe bands lead the ‘Procession of Honour’ along Queen’s Park Crescent to the steps of the Legislature. The names of all 264 fallen officers were read aloud by two recruits from the latest graduating class of the Ontario Police College.
Along with the families and friends of the fallen officers, the ceremony was attended by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Ontario.
This annual event is hosted by the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation (OPMF) to ensure that every fallen officer from Ontario will not be forgotten.
You can watch the full ceremony, here.Left: Johnson Lyall, Kelly Hartwick, and Tom Atkin were flag bearing commissionaires for the parade Right: Commissionaires Tom and John Atkin marched side-by-side
This post is a guest piece written by John Atkin, Site Supervisor with Commissionaires Great Lakes.