For the first time since 2019, Ferris State University will host the 17th annual Police Memorial on Tuesday, May 10, beginning at 9 a.m. in the north stage area of the Robinson Quad near the University Center building on the Big Rapids campus.
Because of cancelations in 2020 and 2021 related to COVID-19, this will be the first Police Memorial hosted by John Allen, the current Ferris Department of Public Safety director.
“I am very excited to have this very important event back for our community. The University and its leadership have supported our law enforcement officers and local law enforcement partners,” Allen said. “Our local school children come out to support our law enforcement community and pay their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Allen added that the Police Memorial provides an opportunity for the public to meet and engage local, state and federal law enforcement members to get to know them as people in their communities and not just as law enforcement officers.
This year’s Police Memorial program includes playing “Taps,” the Big Rapids Middle School Choir singing the Irish Prayer, placing the wreath and the police formation of local, county, state and federal officers in the event that is free and open to the public.
“This is an important event for our local and surrounding communities,” Allen said. “It shows that the University and surrounding communities support their local law enforcement and empathize with their daily sacrifices to keep our communities safe. It also shows their respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Public attendees are encouraged to park in Lots 1 and 13, located east of the University Center. A campus map is available here.
If it rains, the event will move indoors to the nearby University Center building at 805 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, Michigan.
Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should contact dispatch specialist Brittany Taylor at (231) 591-5000 or email the DPS Dispatch Office at least 72 hours in advance.