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The Canadian Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial ceremony returns to Parliament Hill for the first time since the COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak

September 2022

For the first time since September 2019, thousands of police and peace officers marched on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to honour officers killed in the line of duty.

The previous two years saw the cancellation of the full memorial ceremony, due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus pandemic, with only a small service conducted at the memorial pavilion on Parliament Hill.

The 45th Annual Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial ceremony honoured the lives of RCMP Constable Alan Poapst, RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, OPP Constable Marc Hovingh, Calgary police Sergeant Andrew Harnett, RCMP Constable Shelby Patton and Toronto Police Constable Jeffrey Northrup. There were also two historical admissions in Surrey Police Constable George McDonald and RCMP Superintendent Dennis Massey.

Following the Presentation of Headdress of the fallen officers, addresses were made by The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Tom Stamatakis, President
Canadian Police Association.

“They Are Our Heroes. We Shall Not Forget Them.”

Sources: https://cppom.ca/2022/08/09/canadian-police-and-peace-officers-memorial-25sep2022-commemoration-des-policiers-et-agents-de-la-paix-canadiens-2, https://www.cpa-acp.ca/sites/default/files/officers-being-honoured-july-2022.pdf, https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/memorial-service-honours-lives-of-officers, https://cppom.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Memorial-booklet-2022-FINAL.pdf.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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