"On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I am honoured to pay tribute to the police and peace officers who dedicated their lives to helping keep our communities safe and who in turn paid the ultimate price for their dedication."— The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Ottawa (26 Sept. 2016) — Among the thousands of peace and police officers marching in the September 25, 2016 Canadian Police and Peace Officers' 39th Annual Memorial Service there was a strong and proud contingent of members of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). The officers, and union activists, represented their colleagues in adult and youth correctional facilities across the country.
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A contingent of NUPGE members from across the country marched in honour of their fallen comrades, but also in hope that in the future, tragedies could be prevented.
The day's ceremony began on Parliament Hill at 9 a.m. as officers read aloud the names of each of the police and peace officers who have died on duty over the years. Later officers in uniform marched from the Supreme Court to Parliament Hill where they were greeted by dignitaries and the public.
In 1998, the federal government proclaimed the last Sunday in September as Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day. The Canadian Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Service gives Canadians an opportunity each year to formally express appreciation for the dedication of police and peace officers, who have contributed so much to our country.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE