LAST Friday was National Police Remembrance Day, with police from the Bega Valley honouring their fallen colleagues with a ceremony at St John’s Anglican Church in Bega.
The ceremony was attended by police throughout the Valley.
The service was led by the regional police chaplain Reverend Harvey Sloane, who started proceedings by asking for minute’s silence “observed in solidarity with all police agencies in Australia”.
There was special mention in this year of Senior Constable David Rixon of Tamworth, a highway patrolman who was killed in the line of duty in March.
“We remember especially the families and friends of those killed,” Reverend Sloane said.
“We remember, too, our commitment to live and serve in such a way that our society may be one of peace and justice where all may live with integrity, dignity and mutual respect.”
Children of local police officers gave readings during the service which was also attended by members of several of the volunteer rescue organisations in the Bega Valley, as well as Mayor Tony Allen.
A national service was also held last Friday at the National Police Memorial in Canberra.