A moving 21-gun salute, riderless horse and performance by the Nicholson Pipes and Drums Band will highlight the 29th Annual Police Memorial, scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The ceremony takes place at the “Call to Duty” memorial, located in front of the Garden Grove Police building, at 11301 Acacia Parkway. The public ceremony honors the five Garden Grove police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The service brings together family, friends, and colleagues of Sergeant Myron L. Trapp, Officer Andy Reese, Officer Donald F. Reed, Officer Michael Rainford, and Master Officer Howard Dallies, as well as elected officials and law enforcement members throughout the county to pay tribute to the lives and ultimate sacrifices of the five fallen Garden Grove police heroes.
The keynote speaker for this year’s program will be Dr. Michael M. Neeki. Dr. Neeki is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war and also the Chief Medical Officer for the San Bernardino County Department of Probation. He was a first responder to the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, and brought exclusivity to the City of Rialto Police Department as the first regional tactical team with a physician and paramedic.
The ringing of the Memorial Bell for each of the fallen officers complements a stirring 21-gun salute, riderless horse, and formal presentations to the surviving families. The Bolsa Grande High School Concert Choir will perform musical selections in honor of the occasion.
Both directions of Acacia Parkway, from Garden Grove City Hall to 7th Street, and Civic Center Drive, from Garden Grove Boulevard to Acacia Parkway, will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the day of the event.
For details, please contact the Garden Grove Police Department at (714) 741-5901.