The Prince of Wales unveiled a monument in memory of police officers who died in the line of duty. These are nearly 5,000 officers and personnel who have died in service since 1749. 1,500 of them are believed to have been killed by acts of violence. The event took place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. “On behalf of the nation, I especially want to express my deep gratitude for the bravery and sacrifice of those who gave their lives to ensure our safety, to remember their grieving families and to recognize those who continue to serve. to safeguard our freedoms, “he said during the ceremony.
“While our expressions of appreciation will always be woefully inadequate and, sadly, do not make the anguish any easier to bear, I pray that this memorial not only provides a sacred place where we can all pay homage to each of us. them, but also the assurance that those who have given their lives so selflessly will leave a lasting legacy and will never be forgotten “, continues the Prince of Wales.
“An open door at the start of a journey”
The monument in honor of the deceased police officers bears a special message. It is a 12 meter high brass structure. A structure conceived as being “an open door at the beginning of a journey”. It is dotted with leaf-shaped holes and cost £ 4million. Prince Charles was alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as Home Secretary Priti Patel during.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, opera singer Katherine Jenkins performed I Vow To Thee My Country. For its part, the British Police Symphony Orchestra participated by playing Elgar’s Nimrod and the more modern You Raise Me Up.
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