Grand opening of the Ottawa Police Memorial Cemetery
A front flower bed and a rock wall recognizing the five police services that form the present-day Ottawa Police Service. (OPS)
Published Thursday, June 18, 2015 1:24PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:02PM EDT
The first phase of the Ottawa Police Memorial Cemetery was unveiled at a ceremony at Beechwood Cemetery on Thursday.
The ceremony marked the completion of phase one of a four-phase plan, which will provide Ottawa Police officers a final resting place.
The cemetery is for sworn officers, civilian members and their families.
"The development of the Memorial Cemetery is well underway and I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to all our sponsors for their contribution to the realization of Phase One," said Chief Charles Bordeleau. "This distinguished and solemn venue allows us to recognize OPS members."
The plot of land was provided to Ottawa Police in 2009 beside the RCMP cemetery at the Beechwood.
So far a total of $80,000 has been raised by OPS and community members for the project. It is estimated the entire project will cost around $300,000.
Phase Two, known as the Parade Square, will be developed in the coming years.