Hundreds marched the streets of Brisbane to honour police officers who died in the line of duty. The tribute was part of National Police Remembrance Day.
Hannah Burstow reports.
This sombre day for the Police force began with a procession through the city centre.
The public gathered to pay their respects and it meant a lot to first time marchers.
Donna Wrembeck, Daughter of Fallen Officer: “To see people there smiling at us and it was just, I can’t describe the feeling.”
A service followed, the first of its kind christening the new Police Memorial in the Botanic Gardens.
Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Queensland Police: “I think what makes the memorial site so special is that people can actually connect with their loved ones in an extraordinarily beautiful environment.”
Family members placed flowers on their fallen relatives’ names, a heartfelt tribute to those whose legacy lives on.
Donna Wrembeck, Daughter of Fallen Officer: “Even though they’re not with us, we never forget them, we never forget what they were to us as family members but to what they were as police officers as well.”
Forty services like this happened across Queensland today and many more took place throughout the country all with the same common goal, remembering those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
No QPS officers have died in the line of duty this year but tributes were paid to three officers in other states.
Hannah Burstow, QUT News.