On a warm spring afternoon, the LAPD hosted its annual Memorial Ceremony to honor LAPD officers who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty while serving the people of this great city, state, and nation. In attendance were LAPD Command Staff, LAPD Department Personnel, Elected Officials, and family members of fallen LAPD police officers.
The solemn ceremony, held in the LAPD Administration Building Plaza, began with the symbolic sounds of bagpipes and drums played by the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society playing Amazing Grace, placement of the memorial wreath and a riderless horse.
The audience was led in the pledge of allegiance by the two brothers of fallen Officer Joshua Cullins. Special tribute was paid to Officers Cullins and R.J. Cottle who were killed during active military service in Afghanistan in 2010.
The Department also honored 13 LAPD police officers who were killed in the line of duty from 1911 to 1933. Restored portraits and personal stories of the 13 officers are currently on display in the lobby of the Police Administration Building through the month of the month.
The program also featured the traditional “roll call” of fallen heroes, a 21-rifle volley, and a “missing man” formation helicopter fly-over. The memorial concluded with family members who placed a long-stem rose on their loved one’s name plate in the brass Memorial Wall.
This remembrance is held in May each year do coincide with other police memorial services held around the country. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The calendar week in which May 15th falls determines National Police Week. This year National Police Week begins Sunday, May 15th through Saturday, May 21st.
Please click on the link to listen to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck speaking at the ceremony to the family members gathered to remember their fallen loved ones.
Please click on the link to listen to the father of Officer Joshua Cullins speaking to the media at a news conference held before the start of the memorial ceremony.