National Police Remembrance Day, September 2014

National Police Remembrance Day is held on 29 September each year, the feast day of Saint Michael Patron Saint of Police. It is a significant day of commemoration for people to reflect on each individual police force, to remember officers killed on duty, and to honour all police who have given their lives serving the Australian and Southwest Pacific communities. The 2014 National Police Remembrance Day Service took place at the National Police Memorial on Monday 29 September. The National Police Memorial, located in Canberra, was completed in 2006 with the names of 719 fallen officers inscribed on a wall of brass touch stones. The touchstones include the officer's rank, name, jurisdiction and place and date of death. The names of officers killed in the preceding year are added at each National Police Remembrance Day Service. Two of the Cross of Valour recipients were invited to attend the National Police Remembrance Day Service, Sergeant Timothy Britten CV, the most highly decorated serving Police Officer in Australia and Detective Senior Constable (Retd) Allan Sparkes CV,VA, the first Australian Police Officer to be awarded the Cross of Valour. Sergeant Britten read the Police Prayer and Mr Sparkes laid a wreath to honour the bravery of all of those who had died.