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Museum News – Summer 2023

Museum News – Summer 2023

Our annual Police Officer Memorial Day observance took place at dusk on May 19. The weather was lovely with slightly overcast skies and a nice breeze. There were over 220 family survivors in attendance, along with a huge contingency of law enforcement officers, dignitaries and members of the general public.

We honored all of the law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2022 and those who died in prior years, with loved ones in attendance. The ceremony provided reflection, healing and remembrance as names were read while bells tolled and soloists sang and inspirational poems, words of comfort and prayers were offered. A bagpiper corps, a flag-draped caisson, a riderless horse accompanied by a mounted unit, trumpeters playing “Taps” a 21-gun salute and a low-altitude helicopter flyover were special parts of this very moving service.

Survivors and guests were amazed and sobered by the beauty and impact of the “Hill of Remembrance,” the 11,105 American flags placed on the property encompassing the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum — one flag for each survivor in Hall of Fame programs across the country from among the more than 3,500 survivor families we serve.

The flags were placed by male and female volunteers from among the Trustees at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Jail. These men and women were extremely grateful to be able to serve the family survivors affected by the loss of their “Hero in Blue.”

On the following day, our family survivors were treated to a wonderful event at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, which included a BBQ lunch, axe throwing, cornhole, pickle ball, music and limbo competitions. This was a delightful time of relaxation, fellowship and camaraderie.

Our project, the United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame, is proceeding well. We are in the active fundraising phase, while plans are being modified and revised. Look for more details in the next issue!

Please give a warm and sincere “thank you” to the law enforcement officers in your community every time you have a chance. You’ll be glad you did.


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