The Orange County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony

The Orange County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony

On the last Thursday of May each year, the Orange County Peace Officers’ Ceremony takes place on the Peace Officers’ Memorial grounds in Tustin, California. During the ceremony, Orange County peace officers who have died in the line of duty in the past year are formally included in the Peace Officers’ Memorial. The ceremony serves to pay tribute to the officers who sacrificed their lives for the safety of Orange County and to honor the families they left behind.

To begin the formal ceremony, patrol motors are followed by a procession of Peace Officers’ Memorial Honor Guard, followed by a rider-less horse. The horse is an ancient military custom symbolizing death of a warrior.

The ceremony incorporates law enforcement traditions such as the 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps, and a missing man formation flyover.

The names of the newly enrolled officers are formally added to the Memorial Monument, and there is a Candlelight Vigil for family and friends to celebrate their fallen heroes.

All who wish to attend in support of Orange County’s fallen heroes are welcome.

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