Peace Officers Parade

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers’ Memorial Society paid a special tribute to honor fallen public servants during its 31st Annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service for the Northeast Ohio region which includes Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Geauga, Lake and Northern Summit Counties. The Police Memorial Service was held at Huntington Park. This year’s Annual Police Memorial Commemoration Week is held from Saturday, May 14, 2016 through Sunday, May 22, 2016 in honor of fallen police officers.

On Friday, May 20, Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Michael McGrath, Director of Public Safety, Calvin Williams, City of Cleveland Chief of Police and hundreds of Police Officers for these memorable events. Also in attendance, were the families of fallen officers, elected officials, current and retired police, supporters of law enforcement and military service members.

Officers and members of the Cleveland Division of Police Ceremonial Unit, Honor Guard, and Pipes & Drums marched, rode horses and some followed on motorcycles to the beat of the drums during the Police Memorial Parade held in downtown Cleveland. The procession started at the corner of East 12th Street between Lakeside and Superior Avenues and ended at the N.E. Corner of Huntington Park on West 3rd Street and Lakeside Avenue. The parade also included officers from the Northeast Ohio and the United States Marine Corps. The Ceremonial Unit was established to represent the Division at police ceremonial functions and render appropriate courtesies at funeral ceremonies, memorial services, civic functions and other public events.

Greater Cleveland Peace Officers’ Memorial Society

William C. Rieter