The Chair and Board of Trustees of the Police Memorial Trust were honoured to host a group of senior American police chiefs on the first day of their week long official visit to the UK.
The Trust and the officers from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police held a special joint Service of Rememberance at The National Police Memorial to honour fallen officers from both side of the Atlantic.
Floral tributes were laid as a mark of respect to officers who have died in the line of duty.
The service was attended by an Honour Guard and a Guard’s musician played The Last Post to mark a minute’s silence.
All the officers in the Honour Guard are volunteers and attended in their own time.
Two Metropolitan Police mounted officers also stopped by for a moment to pay their respects as they walked out on patrol in the nearby St. James’s Park. The Chiefs were amazed at the size of the horses used by British police.
The guests were later given a guided tour by ex Metropolitan Police Commander Mick Messenger to the site of the Trust’s first memorial, that of WPC Yvonne Fletcher where they stopped to hear the story of her murder.
The officers paid their respects to her sacrifice with a moments silence.
The group were then treated to a very pleasant social event in a nearby venue at which fraternal gifts were exchanged.
The Board of Trustees with Mitchell C Sklar Esq. who organised and lead the trip.
Mrs. Winner later accepted a certificate of appreciation from the American group’s leader.