As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, Ontario has shifted its plan to honour the lives of police officers who have died in the line of duty by taking the 21st annual Ceremony of Remembrance virtual.
Via the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Facebook page, viewers can watch a video of the small ceremony conducted at the Ontario Police Memorial site, on Queen’s Park Crescent, on Sunday, May 3, 2020. At this ceremony, pipers performed Amazing Grace as a means of honouring the memory of the 267 Ontario police officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Organizers have also created a social media initiative encouraging supporters to perform their own rendition of Amazing Grace today either with an instrument, singing or both, to promote social and physical distancing while also honouring the lives of those lost. Participants are encouraged to post their performances to their various social media accounts with the hashtag #HeroesInLife.
The hashtag echoes the motto of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation, which is “Heroes in Life, Not Death.”
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The organization also requests that users mark the day of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance.