National Police Memorial Day
It was an honour to support the annual National Police Memorial Service, which this year took place at St Paul’s Cathedral.
More than two thousand people joined the service to mark the loss of family members, friends and colleagues who went to work but never returned home. The event was attended by HRH Prince Charles, Patron of National Police Memorial Day. In the order of service he wrote: “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.”
During the hour-long service four candles were lit. Abigail Phillips, the eight-year-old daughter of fallen Merseyside Police Officer, PC Dave Phillips, lit one of the candles. Shortly afterwards The Last Post sounded as thousands of petals, representing every lost life, fell from the very heights of the central dome of the cathedral.
As guests left, three police helicopters and a fixed wing plane staged a flypast as a mark of respect and 59 police horses from across the UK paraded past the congregation.
The day came to a close with a reception, which we were very pleased to host. The nearby Grange St Paul’s Hotel proved to be an excellent venue for guests to meet old friends and make new ones.