National Police Remembrance Day 2023

At NSW Police Legacy, we salute our Police Families every day of the year. But on National Police Remembrance Day, the whole of Australia salutes, in memory and in mourning and in pride.

This year, before the main ceremony in The Domain, we held a Touchstone Ceremony, at which our Chair Det Supt Donna McCarthy presented touchstones to the families who were able to attend, honouring the memory of their fallen. Present were the families of: Constable 1st Class Patrick Hackett (1940-1971), Constable 1st Class Ian Ward (1949-1974), Probationary Constable Tim Macarounas (1965-1987), and Constable 1st Class Andrew Murray (1962-1989).

Following this was the ever-moving main ceremony, in which everybody present is invited to truly appreciate the service and the sacrifice which policing demands, every single day, and spend a moment thinking of those who have been taken too soon.

After the ceremony, three of our young Police Legatees - Indi, Grace, and Isaac - were presented with the Commissioner’s Scholarship. This award has the personal endorsement of the Commissioner, and each young Legatee receives money to support them in their chosen studies and endeavours. A day full of love, remembrance, sadness, hope, and the promise of bright futures.