Ontario's fallen officers remembered at 19th annual Ceremony of Remembrance

A total of 266 names were read aloud at Sunday morning's 19th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for fallen officers at Queen's Park.

Two recruits representing the latest Ontario Police College graduating class read the names aloud beginning at 10 a.m., while the official Ceremony of Remembrance began an hour later at 11 a.m.  

Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke at the service, saying she wanted to thank every officer in attendance for their courage, commitment and sacrifices.

"Just like every name on this monument, you are heroes in life," she said. "There's perhaps no greater example of this than the police response to the recent tragedy at Yonge and Finch."

"In the face of unimaginable horror, members of the Toronto Police Services responded with strength, with skill and dignity."

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, also spoke at the ceremony, speaking with pride of how Toronto handled the aftermath of the van rampage. 

"While Torontonians grieved those taken from us and support the wounded, we also witnessed the very best of our diverse and inclusive community and city," she said. 

Also in attendance were the province's Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Marie-France Lalonde, family and friends of fallen officers, and a number of police pipe bands from across Ontario, the US and Europe. 

The CN Tower was illuminated in blue Saturday night to honour all of the fallen officers.