On Sunday, September 30, 2007, thousands of police and peace officers from across the country will gather on Parliament Hill to honour colleagues who have died in the line of duty. Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day will participate in the service. In the past year, 4 police and peace officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in keeping communities safe. They are:
Detective Constable Robert Plunkett
(York Regional Police, ON)
Constable Daniel Tessier
(Laval Police, QC)
Wildlife Protection Officer M. Richard Cayouette
(Québec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife)
Constable David Mounsey
(Ontario Provincial Police, Wingham, ON)
Other historical names that were added are:
Constable Ernest Laverge, February 28, 1952
(Hull Police, QC)
Corporal Laurance P. Ryder, January 20, 1943
(Royal Canadian MountedPolice, NB)
Chief Jules Vachon, June 3, 1934
(Trois Rivières Police, QC)
Constable Miles Campbell, June 29, 1929
(Ontario Provincial Police, Ottawa, ON)
Constable Frank H. Sissons, September 8, 1921
(Alberta Provincial Police, AB)
These additions bring the Memorial Honour Roll to 738 fallen officers.
Their names are etched on the glass panels erected along the perimeter wall adjacent to the Memorial Pavilion. The Service is a lasting tribute to the sacrifice of those brave men and women.
In 1998, the federal government officially proclaimed the last Sunday of each September as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. This Service gives Canadians an opportunity to express their appreciation for the ultimate dedication of these police and peace officers.