Members of the British Police Symphony Orchestra were again honoured to perform in the National Police Memorial Day 2019 which took place on Sunday 29th September at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. The day is an annual event to honour police officers killed in the line of duty.
HRH The Prince of Wales was joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Home Secretary Priti Patel at the memorial event, where prayers were led and candles lit for UK force personnel who had made the “ultimate sacrifice”.
Prince Charles, who is patron of NPMD, was met on his arrival by a mounted police honour guard.
In the welcome in order of service, The Prince of Wales wrote: “In these difficult times, violent crime presents a significant threat not only to the safety of police officers and our communities, but also to the very fabric of our society.
“I particularly wish to remember the officers who have so tragically lost their lives in the line of duty since last year’s ceremony in Belfast, and to offer my deepest sympathy to their loved ones, together with profound gratitude for their service.”
More than 4,400 officers have died on duty since modern policing began.
National Police Chaplain Canon David Wilbraham said: “This special day gives us the opportunity to come together as a nation to remember our loved ones, friends and colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the communities they served.
“It is an honourable day and a poignant reminder of the dangerous nature of policing.”
Ms Sturgeon introduced the service and there were readings by Ms Patel and Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf.
Towards the end of the ceremony blue and green petals representing all officers who died on duty fell from the gallery. The BPSO were also joined by our friends the Scottish Police and Community Choir.