Sunday is Alberta Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees recognizes those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

AUPE represents thousands of peace officers who put themselves in harm’s way to carry out protective services, passenger and commercial vehicle enforcement, and fish and wildlife enforcement.

“Police and peace officers put their lives on the line every day,” said AUPE Vice-President and Alberta sheriff, James Hart. “Many are our union brothers, sisters, and fellow workers, and it is with heavy hearts that we honour those who have fallen.”

The Government of Alberta will be holding a memorial service on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Legislature Grounds. Hart will be attending the memorial service on behalf of AUPE.

“Our members are on the front lines protecting Albertans, and we thank them for their efforts to keep all of us safe,” said Hart. “I would invite the public and all AUPE members who wish to pay their respects to join me at the memorial service.”

The Government of Alberta proclaimed the first Provincial Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in 1999. It occurs on the last Sunday of every September to coincide with the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony in Ottawa.