Having been part of the NSW Police Force myself many years ago, I have a lot of brothers and sisters who are still serving our community and keeping our streets safe.
Each year, the 29th September holds a special significance for Police throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands. It is a day for police to pause to honour officers whose lives have been cut short while performing their duty as a police officer. This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.
Remembrance Day asks people to remember the high and tough calling's Police make for our community and country.
On Friday the 27th of September we honour those members of the NSW Police Force who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the execution of their duty.
The NSW Police Force has a ribbon that provides an opportunity for employees and the public to show their support for National Police Remembrance Day. They have made an electronic version of the ribbon available for those people who wish to show their support via their Facebook profile picture.
Please note that National Police Remembrance Day is an annual event that is traditionally observed on 29 September. With that date falling on a Sunday in 2013, National Police Remembrance Day and all related services will be held on Friday 27 September.
NATIONAL POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2013 Valedictory Names of police officers killed while performing their duties during the period 28 September 2012 to 26 September 2013.
New South WalesDetective Inspector Bryson Charles Anderson, VA – 6 December 2012QueenslandConstable Casey Blain – 29 March 2013Papua New GuineaProbationary Constable David Opa – 8 July 2013
We also remember serving members of the NSW Police Force who have died during the period 28 September 2012 to 26 September 2013
Senior Constable Leanne Bannatyne – 30 October 2012Mr Malcolm McGregor – 28 November 2012Mr Raymond Edwin Northcote – 16 December 2012Sergeant Glenn Howard Stirton, VA – 20 December 2012Mrs Georgina Jones – 7 January 2013Senior Constable David Alexander Scott – 3 March 2013Mrs Barbara Thurecht – 18 March 2013Sergeant Barry John Walker – 3 April 2013Senior Constable Anthony William George Tamplin – 29 April 2013Leading Senior Constable Christopher Otis Plummer – 7 May 2013Mrs Lynn Margaret Foster – 15 May 2013Senior Constable Talama Kupa – 26 May 2013Mrs Fiona Mary Whitehouse – 14 June 2013Ms Karen Gay Scutts – 17 June 2013Mr Wing Lee – 22 June 2013Sergeant Gabrielle Patricia McDonald – 3 July 2013Constable Aaron Mark Ryan – 4 July 2013Detective Sergeant Roger Wayne Borgas – 7 July 2013Miss Natalie Jane Staib – 21 July 2013Chief Inspector Graeme Francis Donnelly – 16 August 2013Sergeant Nicholas Michael Skomarow – 24 August 2013Senior Constable Julie Rose Wild – 27 August 2013
We have scouted a number of locations for what we believe has NEVER been done within the Hills Districts and we plan to accomplish this in the coming months. Hopefully not much longer.
We have discussed the plans with the Castle Hill Police and have had our invitations accepted by 2 members of the Hills District who will witness the "effect" first hand. More on this later.
We are currently waiting to hear back from the Road & Maritime Services for the final go ahead as they will hopefully give us the final permission we are waiting for.
If this doesn't go to plan then we have a plan B (secondary location) and a plan C (third location) in mind that will be able to invite the general public so they can witness the effect live also. Obviously option 1 is what we would prefer as its more dangerous but will see how we go in the coming weeks ahead.
Not many people know the origins of Friday the 13th.
The Knights Templar formed one of the most important and most well known international organizations in the Middle Ages.
The Knights Templar had been formed in 1118 to protect Christians from Muslims in the Holy Land. They were among the best soldiers of their era. They also ran Europe’s first international banking system.
The Knights were good at both fighting and finance. They were bankers with swords.
Christian pilgrims headed for the Holy Land could deposit their funds with the Knights Templar in Europe. The way to Holy Land was dangerous and so the pilgrims were given coded statements of their finance. When they got to their lodgings along the way, their coded statement would be “debited” each time to pay for the accommodation. This early form of credit card saved the need to carry cash.
The Knights were often the first into a battle and the last to leave. They had to be tough because the Muslims were determined to get back the Holy Land.
At dawn on Friday October 13, 1307, under the orders King Philip IV of France, a well-planned operation was unleashed to seize every Knight Templar in France. The arrest warrant started with the phrase : "Dieu n'est pas content, nous avons des ennemis de la foi dans le Royaume", "God is not pleased. We have enemies of the faith in the kingdom". Estimates of the number of knights involved vary from about 2,000 up to 15,000. Only 20 escaped.
Various allegations were made against them dealing with heresy, blasphemy and immorality. Virtually all were tortured to death to make them agree to “confessions”. Many were executed. All of their assets were taken by the king and so it was a very profitable operation.
As for the leaders of the Order, the elderly Grand Master Jacques de Molay, who had confessed under torture, retracted his confession. Geoffroi de Charney, Preceptor of Normandy, also retracted his confession and insisted on his innocence. Both men were declared guilty of being relapsed heretics, and they were sentenced to burn alive at the stake in Paris on 18 March 1314. De Molay reportedly remained defiant to the end, asking to be tied in such a way that he could face the Notre Dame Cathedral and hold his hands together in prayer.
According to legend, he called out from the flames that both Pope Clement and King Philip would soon meet him before God. His actual words were recorded on the parchment as follows : "Dieu sait qui a tort et a péché. Il va bientot arriver malheur à ceux qui nous ont condamnés à mort", "God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death".
Pope Clement died only a month later, and King Philip died in a hunting accident before the end of the year. His final words were a curse on the French king and the pope. Coincidentally, the pope was dead within a month and the king died in a hunting accident nine months later.
However they did not all disappear. Some went underground and their influence continued. For example the Masons may be descendants of some of the Knights who were based in Robert the Bruce’s Scotland (the Scottish Rite of the Freemasons). Some of the Templar symbols and rituals have been incorporated into Masonic rituals. The legend of the Knights Templar has continued to live on over the centuries.
For the last 3 month we have been working on a bunch of new ideas and projects. From brand new close up effects to grand stage effects to something even bigger and dangerous... We are hoping to deliver the Hills District something they haven't experienced yet. Two lucky people from the Hills Shire will be able to witness and experience the effect up close and personal with the help of the Castle Hills Police (if all goes to plans). We are still scouting for the best possible locations however we are hoping that in the coming days/weeks we will be able to test the effect in real time and see what happens...
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