National Police Remembrance Day marks the day the Queensland Police Service, joins other Australian police jurisdictions to stop and honour fallen officer. The Queensland Police Service has 140 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Arguably one of the most important days on the policing calendar, National Police Remembrance Day is a time for members of the Service and the community to remember, honour and say 'thank you' to the dedicated men and women who have died whilst on duty.
This year, marches and services will mainly be held on Friday, September 27 2013 all over the State.
Candlelight vigils will be held on Thursday, September 26 in Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Charleville and Toowoomba.
Police officers, police liaison officers and staff members are encouraged to pay tribute by wearing a blue ribbon. Ribbons are available at all police stations around the state. Blue ribbons are free of charge but donations are greatly accepted as money received will go towards Queensland Police Legacy and Community Supporting Police.
National Police Remembrance Day has been held in Brisbane and in many regional centres throughout Queensland since 1989. It has now become a tradition for uniformed and plain clothes police officers, together with the Queensland Police Pipes & Drums, the Mounted Unit, Dog Squad and staff members to march through the streets of Brisbane to the church where the Remembrance Day Service is held. Police in many regional centres also hold similar services or marches through cities and country towns.
Police Remembrance Day is observed on September 29 as it marks the Feast of the Archangel, St Michael, who was always fighting evil.