Lighting-up Council buildings for the National Police Memorial Day

Published Friday 24 September 2021 at 17:09

This Sunday, September 26, 2021, marks National Police Memorial Day – part of national efforts to recognise those injured or killed during duty and the important role of policing.
On Sunday evening the exterior facade of the Town Hall and King George’sNPMD2021-1974×2048 Hall in Blackburn will be lit with a blue light to show our borough’s support for the roles and services of our Police.
The National Police Memorial Day was founded by Joe Holness, following the brutal killing of fellow Kent Police officer Jon Odell, at Margate, in December 2000.
An official annual national day, the NPMD provides a dignified and sensitive service of remembrance to honour the courage and ultimate sacrifice of Police officers throughout the United Kingdom.
Since an act of parliament, in 1792, which created the first salaried Constables, almost 4,000 Police officers have been killed on duty, often in brutal circumstances.
Council Leader Cllr Mohammed Khan, OBE, said: “It’s important that we reflect and remember everybody who works for the police and those brave souls who have lost their lives to protect others.
“It’s also been a really difficult year with COVID-19, and the pandemic and we know that we’ve lost officers and staff as a result of the disease.
“Please take some time out to remember those who’ve served the police service and who serve our communities. Their selfless devotion to duty are an example to us all.”
The NPMD is supported by Royalty, Government and UK Police services. The magnitude of the day indicated by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales becoming Patron in 2006.
The service, which rotates around each of the four countries, is held on the nearest Sunday to 29th September. This coincides with Saint Michael’s day – The patron Saint of Police officers.

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