On International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers the Director of UNIC Canberra participated in a Commemorative Service at St Michael's New South Wales Police Memorial Chapel, New South Wales Police Force Academy in Goulburn.
After the National Anthem and welcome from the Senior Chaplin, candles were lit in memory of the four Australian policeman who lost their lives serving with the United Nations.
The Director of UNIC read the Secretary-General's message for the day which was a poignant moment a reflection upon the memory of those who gave their lives to the cause of peace, and paid tribute to all men and women who carry on their legacy by serving in the field.
Members of the United Nations and Overseas Policing Association of Australia read the Invocation part of which stated ”Let us recall our fellow Australians, those of other nationalities here today- who have served proudly under the flag of the United Nations in its Peacekeeping actions throughout the world over the many years - and in remembering those who fell in their most gallant calling - let us honour the many servants of the United Nations - who- do the limit of their human strength - and even beyond- give of their wills and their spirits - that their days might be our tomorrows”.
A prayer of thanksgiving for past and present custodians of the sacred space was also read which included the lines ' we give thanks that in keeping with the cultural and spiritual tradition of the area, the land on which we now stand, and the building in which we now are, is continuing to carry on the ancient tradition of being a place to bring people together for worship and sacred rituals. It also acknowledged that the chapel stands within the lands of the Mulwaree, Tarlo, Burra Burra, Wollondilly, Wiradjuri, Gundungurra, Dharrook, Tharawal, Lachlan, Pajong, Parramarragoo, Cookmal and Ngunwal Peoples.
Prayers were also given for the United Nations as was the Official Policeman's Prayer. Following this a minute of silence was held for Sergeant Llewelyn Thomas, Inspector Patrick Mark Hackett, Sergeant Ian Donald Ward, Protective Service Officer Adam Dunning and Sergeant Brett Kinlock all who gave their lives in the service of the United Nations.
The final phrases of the Police Ode filled the chapel with reflection " And we that are left, Shall never forget, Rest in peace, Friend and colleague, For the sun has now set , We will remember."
The Service was organised by the United Nations and Overseas Policing Association of Australia.