Acting as Patron of the National Police Memorial Day, Prince Charles led the tribute to fallen police officers who lost their lives this past year throughout the United Kingdom.
Held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, a congregation of 2,000 gathered for the National Police Memorial Day service where the names of the fallen were read aloud. Family members lit candles and said prayers for their loved ones. There were also representatives from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to observe and pay tribute to officers killed there.
UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, was among the dignitaries present at the service. Family members, friends and colleagues of the officers killed on duty also came to pay their respects.
During part of his tribute, Prince Charles said about the officers they gathered to commemorate. He said: “they paid the ultimate sacrifice while safeguarding our families, our communities and our liberty.”
He continued: “For many of us, the security challenges of today further underscore the importance of the police and their ongoing commitment to protecting us all, despite the inevitable risks that they face on a daily basis.”
Rather than this being a day filled with sorrow, it is one of remembrance for those who have given their lives, according to Inspector Joe Holness, QPM, and founder of National Police Memorial day.
He continued: “This is a proud day that means so much to the families and friends who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.
“National Police Memorial Day unites the country in national recognition of officers who have given us their all. It is a significant day of remembrance to ensure our fallen officers must not, and will not, be forgotten.”
One such officer being remembered is PC Dave Phillips. PC Phillips was ran over and killed by a teenager driving a stolen vehicle. Abigail, his eight-year-old daughter lit a candle in his memory.