The sound of bagpipes reminds many people of tartan skirts, marching bands or Scottish culture, but for many police officers, both former and currently serving, the piercing tone of bagpipes can send chills up our spine. The reason being that bagpipes are often played at police funerals.
To many of us, the bagpipes signal the passing of a colleague, a co-worker and a friend. When we hear that sound, it can mean that we've lost one of us. It’s also an instrument often played during police memorials across Australia, held in recognition of National Police Remembrance Day.
A police officer’s job is somewhat unique; a territory that comes with daily challenges and inherent dangers. These dangers are a heartbreaking reality for the family’s and friends of the 140 Queensland officers who didn’t make it home.
September 29 is National Police Remembrance Day. It is a sombre, yet significant occasion for Police Services across Australia, steeped in pride and tradition, but forever tinged with sorrow and loss. It is a day where we honour and remember those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities.
To date there have been 140 officers who have died in the line of duty in Queensland, and 764 nationally.
Memorials will be held in every major city across the country on September 29, and we encourage you to attend your local service. Bring your family if you are able, light a candle, or simply pause to remember the men and women who gave so much.
The service held on the Sunshine Coast is at the Kawana Surf Club, 99 Pacific Boulevard, Buddina at 10am.
National Police Remembrance Day
29 September 2016
Kawana Surf Club
99 Pacific Boulevard, Buddina
Kawana Surf Club, Buddina
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