2021 Canadian Police And Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

2021 Canadian Police And Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

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2021 Canadian Police And Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

2021 Canadian Police And Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
Publication Date: 
2021

Message from the National Police and Peace Officer’s Memorial Service Coordinator

Dear colleagues,

I am writing today to provide you with a brief update regarding the status of the 2021 Canadian Police and Peace Officer’s Memorial (CPPOM) service, scheduled for Sunday, September 26th, here in Ottawa. As you all can no doubt imagine, planning for this year’s ceremony has been especially difficult, given the ongoing restrictions placed on large gatherings, particularly here in Ontario.

As vaccines continue to be administered across the country, there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to Covid-19, however the reality is that there is no guarantee that all restrictions will be lifted by September, and in consultation with the Board of the Directors of the CPPOM, we have made the difficult decision to plan for a virtual ceremony with a greatly reduced local audience, similar to last year’s event.

While I understand this will no doubt be disappointing news to many of you who had hoped to return to Ottawa to help us properly remember and honour those colleagues that have made the ultimate sacrifice over the past two years, we believe that taking a cautious approach towards any large gathering is the right decision at this time, given the current circumstances.

We will, of course, make every effort to have this year’s ceremony be virtually accessible by colleagues across Canada, thru video streaming options, and I will be sharing those details with you as soon as they become available. We are also in the process of re-launching the CPPOM website, and details of this year’s ceremony will be posted there as quickly as possible.

The Board of Directors of the CPPOM and I will certainly continue to monitor the situation with respect to the ongoing health restrictions, and if circumstances change dramatically between now and September, I assure you we will make every effort possible to adapt the ceremony to include in-person attendance. However I understand that for many services, planning the logistics required to have members attend the ceremony is beginning now, and I wanted to make sure you all had the most up-to-date information possible with respect to the ceremony itself.

As service coordinator, I sincerely appreciate the support you have all continued to show for our National Memorial Ceremony, and I hope to see as many of you as possible here in Ottawa in 2022.

Regards,

S/Sgt. Steve Boucher, M.O.M.

CPPOM Service Coordinator