Canon David Wilbraham has issued a special message ahead of this month’s National Police Memorial Day.
The prestigious event, which will see people descend on Lincoln Cathedral from across the country, will take place on Sunday, September 26.
It will remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty, allowing us to celebrate their accomplishments and recognise their contribution to keeping communities safe.
The annual event was due to take place in Lincolnshire last year but was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.
It is an honour to have such a significant event held in Lincoln and it is imperative that we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Canon David Wilbraham, National Police Chaplain and the Coordinator for the National Police Memorial Day, says it will be an emotional and special day.
He said: “We are very much looking forward to being at Lincoln Cathedral for this year’s National Police Memorial Day Service.
“The 18th such event since it was founded in 2004.
“Each year we gather to remember officers who have died on duty since records began, some 5,000 in total – as well as to remember by name those who have died in the previous 12 months.
“We also want to demonstrate to their families, their friends and colleagues that their sacrifice will never be forgotten and to acknowledge and show the commitment to serving our communities displayed by officers and staff day by day.
“Officers and staff who run towards danger when others are running away and place themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve and keep the peace in our communities, both here in Lincolnshire and across our nations.
“Do join us online at 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, September 26 via the National Police Memorial Day website, nationalpolicememorialday.org. Thank you.”
Final preparations for the event are underway, with a guard of honour set to line the entrance of Lincoln Cathedral as guests arrive.
Chief Constables, Government Minsters, dignitaries and families will attend the Lincoln landmark on the day to remember those we’ve lost.
Service from Lincoln Cathedral, 2pm
It is anticipated that the congregation will need to be limited to 300 (including participants). Therefore, attendance will be by invitation only. The service will be filmed and available to view later that afternoon via the National Police Memorial Day website.
Online Commemoration, 4pm
At 4pm on Sunday, September 26, a 20-minute NPMD Commemoration will be streamed online via the National Police Memorial Day website. This will include pre-recorded footage, alongside ‘highlights’ from the 2pm service.
15 Sep 21 10:58 AM