Honouring their service this Police Remembrance Day

25 September 2019
Police standing by our Police Memorial at Springvale Botanical Cemetery

Each year on the 29th September, a national day of remembrance is held to honour and remember police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Police Remembrance Day is a time to recognise police for their service and show them that their dedication and challenging work is valued.

At Springvale Botanical Cemetery this year, a vigil candle will be lit and placed at the Police Memorial located at the cemetery. We welcome police officers, family, friends and the public to visit the Police Memorial at any time throughout the day to honour the lives of police officers.

There will also be a notice board for memories and in honour of the fallen, the flags will fly at half-mast.

It’s not always easy to understand the dedication that police officers have for their work and the sacrifices they make. The Police Ode written by Fr Barry May OAM former WA Police Chaplain puts it beautifully.

As the sun surely sets:

Dawn will see it arise,

For service, above self,

Demands its own prize.

You have fought the good fight:

Life’s race has been run,

And peace, your reward,

For eternity begun.

And we that are left,

Shall never forget,

Rest in peace friend and colleague

For the sun has now set.

We will remember

We will remember

Hasten the dawn

Please note, that in some other years an official annual End of Day Remembrance Service would be normally held, however this year it will not run due to the public holiday weekend. In lieu of the service, a vigil candle will be lit and placed at the Police Memorial located at the cemetery.

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