Sep 10 2009

Police Memorial

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Memorial StoneSince 1900, ten law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty in Allen County. For many years the members of FOP 21 and FOPA 8 and the citizens of Lima and Allen County honored these heroes during National Police Week with a memorial service in front of the Lima Police Department. This busy location did not allow the service to be conducted with the proper dignity their memories deserved.

In 1993, the dream of moving the memorial to the Lodge Hall was realized. Through the hard work and dedication of the membership ofWreath Guard both lodges a permanent memorial was built in front of the Lodge. The memorial has at its center a flag pole and a central memorial stone. Two arched pathways lead to the center. Along each path are five smaller memorial stones. Each of these stones bears the name of one of the fallen officers, his department, his likeness and/or a likeness of his badge. Our most fervent prayer at each memorial service is that we never have the need to add another stone.

The memorial service is held at noon on the first Wednesday in May each year. It is attended not only by members of Law Enforcement, but also by members of the business community, government and civic leaders, the general public and survivors of the fallen officers. In recent years, several classes from local schools have also attended.

The biographies of those ten officers can be viewed at:

Images from 2011 Service

Memorial March Riderless Horse Begin Service

March In Flag Detail 1 Roll Call of Honor

Flag Detail Bagpiper