Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Annual Memorial Service

The Kansas City Missouri Police Department will honor its 119 officers killed in the line of duty throughout the department’s history with a Memorial Service beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23. Due to renovations at Headquarters, this year’s service will be at a new venue, Kansas City Regional Police Academy’s Sports Field located at 6885 NE Pleasant Valley Rd., Kansas City, MO. We may be in a different place, with a newer and different look, on this year’s day of remembrance, but the sacrifices of those who died serving our community are with us everywhere.

The service will include an honor guard, a 21-gun salute, the KCPD Color Guard, bagpipers, a flyover by the police helicopter, and a riderless horse. Supervisor L.C. Clark will read the names of all KCPD officers killed in the line of duty – the first in 1881 and the last in 2001. There will be 119 flags on display representing each one of these officers. For 119 hours preceding the service, dispatchers read one officer’s name per hour over the police radio system. The last officer’s name, Craig Schultz, will be read immediately before the ceremony begins Thursday.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place inside the gymnasium of the Academy.  I encourage everyone to attend the ceremony and for all to keep in mind the sacrifices our officers make to keep our community safe.  Their commitment to excellence is our community’s benefit. 

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