Community Invited to Annual Police and Fire Memorial Ceremony

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Community members are invited to attend the annual Police and Fire Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the foot of Chestnut Avenue, south of Broadway, near Long Beach City Hall.

Historical research deemed appropriate that Patrolman William Homer Waggoner be added to the list of fallen police officers. Officer Waggoner passed away in 1954 as a result of injuries sustained in a gun battle nearly 24 years earlier. He will also be enrolled the California Peace Officer’s Memorial and National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial.

At Tuesday’s event, Long Beach Police and Fire Department personnel, along with city dignitaries and staff, will honor those individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives while serving the Long Beach community.

The memorial ceremony will include the Pledge of Allegiance led by a Long Beach Police explorer, posting of the colors, an invocation, a 21-gun salute and Taps by the Long Beach Police Honor Guard, individual recognition of fallen officers and firefighters, and a bagpipe performance of Amazing Grace, as well as remarks by Police Chief Robert Luna and Fire Chief Mike Duree.

*This year’s ceremony will be the last to be held at this site due to the Civic Center renovation.

Related news release regarding Officer Waggoner.

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