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September 17, 2004
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Island Correctional Staff to Attend 2004 Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day Service in Ottawa

Office of the Attorney General

On Sunday, September 26, 2004, Island Correctional Staff will attend a special memorial service in Ottawa to commemorate fallen Canadian police and peace officers. National Memorial Day offers Canadians an opportunity to honour the dedication of police and peace officers who made the ultimate tragic sacrifice to keep our communities safe. On September 24, 1998, the Government of Canada officially proclaimed the last Sunday in September of every year as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day.

Five correctional staff members will be attending the Memorial Service in Ottawa representing the Community and Correctional Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

“The Canadian Police and Correctional Officers Memorial Service is an opportunity to recognize, remember and honour those officers who, in the line of duty, have made the ultimate sacrifice,” says Attorney General Jamie Ballem. “This annual memorial offers peace officers from across Canada the opportunity to honour fallen comrades, as well as a chance to meet and discuss work environments and participate in professional development.”

Representing Prince Edward Island at the service are Warren Banks, Dwayne Stride, Wilfred Watts, Mike McIver and Deryl Beaton.

“The Office of the Attorney General is pleased to work in partnership with the Union of Public Sector Employees to send provincial representatives to Ottawa,” says Attorney General Ballem.

This is the seventh year that attendance at the Memorial Day Service is co-sponsored by the Union of Public Sector Employees (UPSE) and the Office of the Attorney General.

Media Contact: Jennifer MacLeod
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