Memorial Day online on Sunday

Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry is encouraging members to add their messages to a tribute wall as part of this year’s National Police Memorial Day.

The memorial day service, which had been due to take place at Lincoln Cathedral, will now take place online due to Covid-19 restrictions, on Sunday (27 September) at 3pm.

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman has also organised a service at Force Headquarters on Sunday at 11am so that people can pay their respects to Gwent’s fallen officers.

The National Police Memorial Day service is an opportunity for police officers of all ranks to join the families of fallen officers and this year’s event will include a tribute wall for people to add their own messages remembering fallen colleagues.

Maria said: “There’s still time to add your message and I hope as many people as possible will take the time to do so.

“A lot of work has gone into moving the service online. It’s a key date in the policing calendar and it’s really pleasing that it can go ahead and we can pay our respects to those officers who have died in the line of duty and show our support to their families, friends and colleagues.”

To access the online service, you will be asked to provide your name and email address.

NPMD was first held in 2004 and has been held at the end of September each year since. It rotates around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Federation representatives, chief officers and the Home Secretary usually join the families of fallen officers at the service and the Prince of Wales, patron of the NPMD charity, often attends.

Find out more about this year’s service.