Photography by Gordon McComiskie
PANSW President Tony King and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Minister for Police David Elliott with Commissioner of Police Mick Fuller
Media Release/ Advisory: Friday 25 September 2020
Light display on Sydney Opera House sails a fitting way to mark National Police Remembrance Day 2020
The Police Association of New South Wales (PANSW) has welcomed the support given in the NSW Parliament this week to its application to honour National Police Remembrance Day with a light display on the Sydney Opera House sails on the evening of Tuesday 29 September.
PANSW President Tony King: “The support we have had for this to happen from the Minister for Police David Elliott and other Parliamentarians, in particular Rod Roberts of the One Nation Party, has been outstanding.
“Given the cancellation of the services that are normally held, the light display on such an iconic landmark will allow a moment of state-wide and nationwide unity around the commemoration of all those police officers who have lost their lives in the performance of their duties. This is now a fitting way to ensure that the officers who we remember on Remembrance Day are kept in our minds and hearts.
“The purpose of Remembrance Day is to honour and remember those police officers whose lives were cruelly taken from them. It is a sacred day to the Blue Family, and also observes the feast day for Saint Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police,” says Tony King.
“Sadly there is no corner of the state of New South Wales that has not been affected by the tragedy of an officer being killed in the line of duty, as commemorated by the 274 names on the Wall of Remembrance in Sydney.
“Police work, unlike any other profession, exposes officers to the uncertainty of being regularly confronted with life-threatening situations and the risk of not returning home to their loved ones at the end of a shift.
“The Police Association will hold a small gathering on Tuesday night, with the knowledge that alongside us are standing all those for whom the memories of fallen police officers will never be forgotten”.
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