The Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Committee has made the difficult decision to proceed with a virtual ceremony this year, which will be live-streamed from Parliament Hill on Sunday, September 27.
The morning will start with a solemn reading of the names of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and will include the same familiar elements of previous services. The service itself will take place in the Summer Pavilion adjacent the tablets overlooking the bluff onto the Ottawa River. The area is quite small and will only accommodate the small number of people essential to run the service.
While the lawns and public spaces of Parliament Hill will be open to the public, all buildings will remain closed. The Memorial Committee does not wish to prohibit people from traveling and paying their respects, however, they also do not wish to encourage unnecessary travel or invite any large gatherings in the interest of public health and safety, given the ongoing pandemic.
Watch the live stream at www.cppom.ca/live