With wreaths, a parade and prayers, the Guyana Police Force yesterday honoured 29 of their comrades who were slain in the line of duty between 1913 to 2016.
Their deaths were commemorated during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument of Fallen Heroes, Guyana Police Officers, Mess compound, Eve Leary.
Joining the relatives of the deceased, at the ceremony were Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, (ag) Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine among other officials of the Guyana Police Force.
The fallen officers were honoured with the laying of wreaths by their relatives and officials of the Police Force and a march past, followed by 21-gun salute, two minutes of silence and reveille.
Delivering the feature address Minister Ramjattan who reminded the gathering that in the face of challenges in today’s society, “the policeman has to be a combination of so many things – a teacher, counsellor, doctor sometimes even an accountant. And that is what makes this profession so significant so noble. Because in times of crisis the first call is made to the police who amidst all the dangers have to ensure their presence is felt and that order is maintained.”
The Public Security Minister said the administration is cognisant of the fact that the profession is a necessary one for the society to move forward; hence the ongoing implementation of measures to ensure the improvement of the Guyana Police Force.
He commended the officers of the GPF Fallen Heroes Foundation for their continued efforts in supporting the family members of the fallen ranks. In particular, ensuring their children receive a quality education.
Brief remarks were also made by Commissioner Ramanarine and Secretary of the GPF Fallen Heroes Foundation Inc., Winston Assanah. The ceremony concluded with words of comfort by Reverend P. Doolichand, Force Chaplain.
This marks the 17th Wreath Laying ceremony for the fallen heroes, to be hosted.
By: Kimberley Ferreira