|By Marketwired .||
|September 29, 2013 11:20 AM EDT||
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/29/13 -- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement today, on the occasion of the Canadian Police and Peace Officers' 36th Annual Memorial Service.
"Today, on behalf of our Government and all Canadians, I have the honour of paying tribute to the Canadian 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.
Police and peace officers in Canada and in foreign countries provide a noble and essential function. Each day they carry out their duties knowing the dangers they face. Today is our opportunity to remember and honour the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in fulfilling a vocation they strongly believed in and carried out with pride: ensuring the safety and security of their fellow Canadians. It is also an opportunity for us to think of the families, friends and colleagues of these officers, those who have lost a cherished loved one, and to extend our thoughts and prayers to them.
Across the country, flags on all federal buildings are flying at half-mast today in honour of the more than 830 officers whose names are engraved on the Honour Roll in the Memorial Pavilion on Parliament Hill. This year, eleven names have been added to the Honour Roll. These brave individuals made the supreme sacrifice in service to their communities. Their contributions will not be forgotten.
To our police and peace officers across the country and serving in countries abroad, we express our deep gratitude for your dedication to keeping our families safe and making our communities better places to live, work, and raise our children."
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Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and
Public Safety Canada