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Annual Ceremony

Since forming the Memorial Association we’ve been helping the family and coworker survivors of this county’s officers tragically killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. One of the ways we support these survivors is by staging an annual memorial ceremony to commemorate their loved ones’ sacrifice. Which is held on the first Friday in May, when Montgomery County’s 33 law enforcement agencies come together to pay homage.

The event starts with a procession—featuring a combined agency Motorcycle Unit, a combined agency Color Guard, Honor Guards, a massed Pipe & Drum Corps, uniformed and retired Officers—and the family and coworker survivors.

The ceremony features observances of sacred military and law enforcement traditions, including the Presentation of the Colors, Riderless Horse, American flag folding, 21-gun Salute, and Taps.

After the Keynote Address comes the Survivor Speech, when survivors share their stories. Which is followed by the Officer Roll Call—when the fallen heroes’ names, agencies, and end of watch dates are read aloud—and their family and coworker survivors come forward to place carnations into a symbolic wreath.

During the ceremony we present the winners of that year’s college scholarships, which are a means of preserving the legacies of those fallen. And following the ceremony we host a complimentary luncheon for the survivors in attendance.

Save the Date

Every year we host our Memorial Ceremony on the first Friday in May—in honor of this county’s fallen heroes.

Educational Legacy

During the ceremony we award a number of college scholarships—with top priority given to the children and family members of the fallen and secondly to the children of living officers.

You Can Help

Please help these survivors by helping us cover the costs of our annual Memorial Ceremony activities—more individualized forms of assistance—and the building and upkeep of our Permanent Memorial.