Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial Service

The last Sunday of every September is marked as the day to remember police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

Today, for the 34th time since 1978, family, friends, loved ones and officers gathered across Canada to remember the fallen.  It is a day to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by those officers, to pay respects and to support their families.

2011 has been marked by the deaths of two Canadian police officers:

The deaths of Sgt. Russell and Cst. Styles leave a mark on every officer, and we honour them on this solemn day to keep their memories alive.

To the families of these two fine officers, I pray your burden has lightened in recent months and that you have begun to heal.  I do not know what I would do if I were to lose a close comrade in the line of duty, or, God forbid, my husband.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, as they have been since the day your officer was taken from you.

Please know this – Officers Russell and Styles will not be forgotten.

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