Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day
“The Hill of Remembrance” and the "Walk of Heroes"
For the past 12 years the Police Hall of Fame has utilized a beautiful visual image to aid in remembering fallen heroes. This image came to be called “The Hill of Remembrance”. Each year flags are posted on the hillside out front of the Hall of Fame in honor of each family survivor currently in Hall of Fame programs. This past May, during Police Week, 13,723 flags were posted.
Plans for the 2023 Memorial are already in the early stages.
2022 Memorial Service
The potential for rain did not discourage the family survivors, law enforcement officers and civilian supporters who attended the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Weekend at the American Police Hall of Fame. The Friday night service featured over 500 family survivors who toured the facility before participating in the ceremony honoring their fallen heroes. Other participants included Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who served as emcee for the solemn and emotional event.
The celebration of courage and sacrifice included multiple agency honor guard units, the Brevard Police & Fire Pipe and Drums Band, a roll call of those lost in the line of duty in 2021, a 21-gun salute, and stirring music provided by Pastor Jody Wells, Janna Perez and Sgt. John Martinez.
Family Activity Saturday
On Saturday, the family survivors were treated to a day at Horsepower Ranch for a day of fun and games. Horsepower Ranch features hay rides, carriage rides, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull and line dancing.
The families enjoyed a picnic lunch and there was a special flyover by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
“The day was perfect. Although it was warm and sunny, there was plenty of shade and a comfortable breeze,” said Lori Shepherd, Director of Family Survivor Fund. “I think everyone enjoyed the opportunity to relax and have fun together as families. And, as always, the survivor families cherish the opportunity to spend time together and share joy for a change, instead of grief. That is our goal each year, after the intensity of our Friday night service.”
Join us in a special group
You are invited to join our CLOSED Facebook Group specifically for Families of Fallen Officers. Your participation allows us to communicate with the group about activities, resources, and opportunities that are unique to you.
Likewise, you can share your experiences and challenges with those who understand all too well what you are going through. We have several administrators who are part of the group and post comments or questions, but the group is YOURS.
If you are interested in joining the group, just go to our American Police Hall of Fame & Museum Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/APHF911/ and scroll down the menu on the left until you see “Groups.” Select the “Family Survivors of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers” group and ask to join. Our administrators should approve you within 24 hours.