Online Memorial Day still a key event

Dyfed Powys Federation chair Gareth Jones says this year’s National Police Memorial Day is still a key event in the policing year.

This year’s service, to honour officers who have died in the line of duty, will be held online at 3pm on Sunday (27 September) due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The website streaming the service will also host a tribute wall, and Gareth says there’s still time for people to share their memories of fallen officers and leave messages.

“Organisers of this year’s service have worked hard to ensure that it can go ahead online after the original service, which was due to be held in Lincoln, was cancelled because of the pandemic,” he said.

“The National Police Memorial Day is an important event in our calendar, and it’s vital we’re still able to show our respects and honour our fallen colleagues this year.

“It’s always a very poignant service, and I hope as many members as possible will be able to watch the service and share messages on the tribute wall.”

Everyone will be asked to provide their name and email address to access the service.

National Police Memorial Day was first held in 2004 and has been held at the end of September each year since. It rotates around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Federation representatives, chief officers and the Home Secretary usually join the families of fallen officers at the service and the Prince of Wales, patron of the National Police Memorial Day charity, often attends.

Find out more about this year’s service.