“A formal, national Memorial Day gives Canadians an opportunity each year to formally express appreciation for the dedication of police and peace officers, who make the ultimate, tragic sacrifice to keep communities safe.” - Andy Scott, Solicitor General of Canada (1998)
The National Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day was established in 1998. The National ceremony is held on the last Sunday in September of every year in Ottawa.
In 2000, a small group of Niagara Regional Police Officers quietly departed Niagara on their bicycles and pedaled to the ceremony in Ottawa to honour their fallen colleagues.
Over the years, the event has grown and in 2015, about 150 riders participated in the National Ride to Remember, pedaling from Aylmer, ON to Parliament Hill, a 700 km journey.
In Saskatchewan, 2019 will mark the 16th edition of the Provincial Police and Peace Officers Memorial - which is held on the same day as its' national counterpart.
A group of Saskatoon Police Service officers who participated in the 2015 Ride to Remember have decided to bring the Ride to Saskatchewan. It is now in its 4th year.
The Ride to Remember allows Police officers, Peace Officers and their valued support staff to come together in a shared love of cycling in order to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their Communities, Province and Country.