Mr. Speaker, this Sunday is Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day. This day was officially proclaimed in 1998 to recognize the ultimate sacrifice made by men and women in uniform to keep our communities safe.
The first memorial in 1978 honoured 14 officers. This year, over 870 names were engraved on the honour roll.
On this day, we also remember the women and men affected by operational stress injuries and PTSD. Too often we hear of those who have lost their lives to the impact of what they have seen and been through in the line of duty. The cost of the unspeakable horrors these officers witness while keeping us safe cannot be understated.
On the eve of this year's Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day, let us pledge our love and support to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives keeping us safe, those who battle with the consequences of this difficult work, and those who continue to patrol our streets every day. They have our eternal thanks.