Ferris State University and the Big Rapids community will pay tribute to fallen officers during the Police Memorial Ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 14. The public is invited to attend.
The 10th annual event will be held outside the Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education, 1010 Campus Drive in Big Rapids. It coincides with National Police Week, created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.
“This is a solemn moment of reflection on the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support and protection of our communities, state and nation,” said Captain James Cook, assistant director of Ferris’ Department of Public Safety.
The memorial ceremony will include bagpipers, an honor guard, 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps, a K-9 protector and a riderless mount. Police Chaplain Jon Fleming will conduct the Solemnity of the Moment, and Big Rapids Public Safety Director Andrea Nerbonne will introduce the reflection on the officers.
The ceremony, which will be attended by officers representing local, county, state, federal and Ferris departments, also includes the lowering of the flag and laying of the wreath. It will conclude with Irish Blessing sung by the Big Rapids Middle School Choir.
The public will have an opportunity to visit with officers following the ceremony in an adjacent parking lot following the event.
For more information, call the university’s Department of Public Safety at (231) 591-5000.
Last updated: 08-15-2013