Police officers who have lost their lives will this month be honoured in a service to mark National Police Remembrance Day at St Carthage’s Cathedral in Lismore.
National Police Remembrance Day falls on Monday 29 September and honours officers who have been killed in the line of duty, as well as current and former members of NSW Police who have died during the past 12 months.
The service at St Carthage’s Cathedral is one of many being held around Australasia for National Police Remembrance Day.
It will be conducted by Police Chaplain Deacon Chris Wallace at St Carthage’s Cathedral starting at 10am.
Some of the officers to be honoured at the service for their dedication to NSW Police and the community are Senior Constable Gary Hill and General Support Officer Glenis Powell.
A minute’s silence will be observed at the start of the service to remember those officers who have given their lives while carrying out their duties.
Superintendent Bruce Lyons said National Police Remembrance Day was an important annual event for police officers and the friends and family of those officers.
“National Police Remembrance Day services ensure those brave policemen and women who have lost their lives protecting the community will never be forgotten,” Superintendent Lyons said.
Superintendent Lyons said National Police Remembrance Day was also important for the family and friends of late police officers to honour and remember their loved ones.
It is also a day to allow the public to thank police for their tireless work serving the community.
Traditionally National Police Remembrance Day is held on the 29 September each year and coincides with St Michael’s Day. St Michael is the patron Saint of police and archangel charged to protect and defend people.
He is the angel of careers, courage, achievements, ambitions, motivations and life tasks.
As a mark of respect during Police Remembrance Day, those wishing to pay tribute are asked to wear a blue and white checked ribbon.
The tradition of wearing the ribbon began in 1998 following the death of two officers in a small Melbourne suburb.
A caller to a radio station suggested that members of the public should wear a blue ribbon as a mark of respect to the officers, their colleagues and families.
Members of the public can wear a blue ribbon on Monday 29 September to honour the lives of police who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Members of the public who wish to attend the National Police Remembrance Day service should contact Lismore Police Station for further details on (02) 66260 599.