In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week.
The Orange County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony is held the last Thursday in May on the Peace Officers’ Memorial grounds at the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy in Tustin, California. This ceremony serves to formally enroll peace officers who have died in the line of duty in Orange County the preceding year and have been approved by the State of California for inclusion on the California State Peace Officers’ Memorial. It pays tribute to the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Orange County and whose names are on the wall, as well as, honor the families left behind.
The formal ceremonial events include patrol motors followed by a procession of Peace Officers’ Memorial Honor Guard, and then a rider-less horse, which is an ancient military custom invoking the death of a warrior. Following a multi-agency presentation of colors and the singing of the National Anthem, there is an Enrollment Ceremony, in which the names of the newly enrolled officers are formally added to the Memorial Monument, if needed. This beautiful and solemn ceremony incorporates many law enforcement traditions, including a 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps and a missing man formation flyover, weather permitting. At the conclusion of the ceremony, there is a Candlelight Vigil which allows families, friends, community members and colleagues to place flowers on the Memorial Monument to remember and celebrate their fallen heroes.
All who wish to attend in support of Orange County’s fallen heroes are welcome.
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P.O. Box 241, Santa Ana, CA 92702
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Santa Ana, CA 92702
Peace Officers Memorial Fund