Prince Charles has unveiled a memorial to fallen police officers. More than 5,000 officers have died since 1749.
The Prince of Wales inaugurated a monument to the memory of police officers who died in the line of duty. It is about nearly 5,000 officers and staff who died while on duty since 1749. 1500 of them would have been killed by violence. The event took place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. “On behalf of the nation, I especially want to express my deep gratitude for the valour and sacrifice of those who gave their lives to keep us safe, to remember their grieving families and to recognize those who continue to serve to safeguard our freedoms,” he said at the ceremony.
“While our tokens of appreciation will always be hopelessly inadequate and, sadly, do not make the anguish any easier to bear, I pray that this memorial will provide not only a sacred place where we can all pay tribute to each and every one of them, but also the assurance that those who gave their lives so selflessly will leave a lasting legacy and never be forgotten,” the Prince of Wales continued.
An open door at the beginning of a journey
The monument to the fallen police officers carries a special message. It is a 12-meter high brass structure. A structure designed as “an open door at the beginning of a journey”. It is dotted with leaf-shaped holes and cost £4 million. Prince Charles was alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as Home Secretary Priti Patel at the time.
During the opening ceremony, opera singer Katherine Jenkins sang I Vow To Thee My Country. In addition, the British Police Symphony Orchestra participated by playing Nimrod by Elgar and the more modern You Raise Me Up.