29 September, 2023
Significant day for police
TOMORROW (Friday) will mark Blue Ribbon Day, which this year also coincides with National Police Remembrance Day.
Blue Ribbon Day is a chance for the community to say thank you to those who protect and serve the community, and an opportunity to ensure those who have fallen are never forgotten.
The Foundation first launched Blue Ribbon Day in 1999, after the outpouring of community support for Senior Constable Rodney Miller and Sergeant Gary Silk who were killed on August 16, 1998.
The campaign pays tribute to and remembers the 175 Victoria police officers who have died in the line of duty, while saying thank you to all Victoria Police officers for their work in serving and protecting the community.
“We remember lives by saving others,” Chief Commissioner Victoria Police Shane Patton said.
“Building new and improved emerg-ency facilities in Victorian hospitals that are then named in memory of fallen officers; proceeds from Blue Ribbon Day help to fund these projects named in their honour.
“The Foundation is so grateful for the support of the Victorian community, Victoria Police members, veterans and families and our 17 volunteer branches. With their amazing support we have proudly contributed over $11 million to our Victorian public hospitals.”
National police remembrance and Blue Ribbon Day memorial services will be held at various locations across the state tomorrow (Friday).
Locally, a service will be held at 10am at the Victoria Police Memorial in Gilles Street (South West TAFE) in Warrnambool.
To show your support, residents and businesses are encouraged to wear a blue ribbon (a visual symbol of remembrance of the police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice), donate to the Blue Ribbon Day Appeal or decorate your workplace or home in blue ribbons to show your support.