NATIONAL Police Memorial Day will be held in Lincoln on 26 September – and it will be the first time the police family will have gathered to remember fallen friends since 2019.
Zoë Wakefield, Hampshire Police Federation Chair, said it was really important that officers can meet in person again.
The 2020 event was held online due to Covid restrictions.
She said: “It’s so important that we remember our fallen officers, that the families of those officers have the opportunity to go to the event and know that their loved ones haven’t been forgotten and that they still are and always will be a part of the police family.
“There will be limited numbers there on the day but Hampshire Police Federation will be attending and taking along the families of our fallen officers. We will look after them and make sure it is a memorable occasion for them. For the families it’s so important to know that the sacrifice their loved one made is remembered. That we all still remember and we all still feel that that person is still a part of us, even though they’re no longer here.”
The memorial day, to be held at Lincoln Cathedral, will be a hybrid event this year, meaning that numbers will be restricted so some people can attend, while others watch online.
National Police Memorial Day Co-Ordinator Reverend Cannon David Wilbraham said: “Although we are disappointed we aren’t able to host a physical event for all to attend, by streaming the service online, it enables us to join together as one police family, no matter where we are.”
Attendance will be by invitation only this year. To find out more, or to register to attend online, go to: https://www.nationalpolicememorialday.org/newsletter.htm