The memorial wall bears the names of the 101 Alberta police and peace officers who have given their lives to protect Albertans since 1876. The memorial is outside the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General’s office and is intended as a standing monument to all Alberta police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty.
The unveiling took place on the morning of Alberta Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, which occurs each year on the last Sunday of September. A public ceremony is held on the south grounds of the legislature and is an opportunity for grateful Albertans to pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“It’s important to always seek new ways to honour and pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep Albertans safe. I hope this new installation inside of the legislature achieves just this and sends a sincere message of appreciation to all officers who serve and protect our families and friends.”
“Thank you to the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe day in and day out. We mourn with the families and loved ones who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Words can not express our gratitude.”
“On behalf of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, we are thankful for the continued support of the Government of Alberta in recognizing the sacrifices made by the men and women that serve our province. The installation of the memorial wall at the legislature building honours those who have fallen while on the line of duty. The memorial wall gives families, friends, colleagues and Albertans a chance to see and pay their respects to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. The memorial wall will ensure that their legacy will never be forgotten.”
“Providing Albertans with opportunities to reflect on, and pay their respects to, officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice is critically important. Having this memorial wall inside the legislature, in a position of importance, sends a clear message to the families and friends of our fallen that their sacrifice matters.”
The memorial wall was designed by Calgary Police Service Sgt. Jason Hiscock, and is a joint initiative of the Alberta Association of Sergeants Major and the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police. After they approached the provincial government about installing a monument inside the legislature, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Tyler Shandro advocated for the project and obtained the support of the Speaker's office.
The design of the memorial wall draws inspiration from the Pillar of Strength monument to Alberta’s fallen police and peace officers, which was unveiled on the south lawn of the legislature grounds in 2006.
The frames of the memorial wall are vertical to resemble the Pillar of Strength’s shape and their colour mimics the palette of the pillar.
The dove in the header of the installation resembles the doves on the Pillar of Strength that bear the names of Alberta’s fallen peace and police officers.
The memorial wall includes a QR code linking to the Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day webpage.