By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) jointly commemorated the National Police Remembrance Day on Tuesday in Camp Crame.
PNP Chief, Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr graced the said celebration together with Mr. Richard Sisson, Acting Australian Ambassador, and other ranking police officers of PNP and AFP.
“The National Police Remembrance Day that we are celebrating today reminds us of the exceptional dedication to duty, selfless service, and unconditional love for our countries and countrymen of our courageous men in uniform. And this surely will forever etch in our respective organizations’ milestone of success and in the history of the Philippines and Australia.” Azurin said in his message.
The National Police Remembrance Day is celebrated to remember and honor all fallen police officers who put their lives on the line to protect the community and both countries.
Azurin also joined the families and loved ones of police front liners who offered their ultimate sacrifice selflessly serving the community but lost their lives due to Covid-19 pandemic.
“We thank them on behalf of this grateful nation, for without their arduous work in enforcing the health and safety protocols and running the quarantine facilities and border operations, there would have been little chance of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and preventing our health system from being overrun” PGen Azurin added.
Azurin urges everyone to work together and preserve what the sacrifices of gallant heroes have achieved. “Let us all remain worthy of it—forever committed to the country they loved and the freedom they fought and died for”, Azurin said.
The National Police Remembrance Day was introduced by the Australian Police Commissioners to honor those police who died while on duty.
It was first held in 1989 and is commemorated annually on the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of police. (ai/mtvn)