Local law enforcement officials will be honored during this year’s “Remembrance in the Park” ceremony at Hagerstown’s City Park on Tuesday, Sept. 11, according to a city news release.
Hagerstown, Washington County and state law enforcement, emergency services personnel, military members, elected officials and the public are invited to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, at the ceremony that begins at 7 p.m.
Trees will be planted in memory of four Maryland State Police personnel who were killed in the line of duty, including Officer Clinton Rhodes (Jan. 28, 1931), Trooper 1st Class Lauren Ridge (July 14, 1950), Cpl. Gregory May (Jan. 19, 1986) and Trooper Larry Small (March 11, 1987).
“These men’s lives were tragically cut short, and it happened because they put their lives on the line for the community,” Officer Gerard Kendle of the Hagerstown Police Department said. “The least we can do is take a few moments out of our day to honor their service, along with countless others who have defended our nation’s freedom.”
Special music will begin at 6:30 p.m., accompanied by a processional of emergency vehicles that will enter the park under the American flag at the entrance of the Washington County Emergency Services Tribute Gardens, across the street from the Hager House.
New bricks will be unveiled and there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Walk of Honor.
A special tribute will be made in memory of Brigitte Heller, the former EMS coordinator for Washington County Division of Emergency Services who died this summer after a car accident in Easton, Md.
“As a colleague, friend and member of Citizen Corps, Brigitte’s commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for this event will be missed,” said Kevin Lewis, director of Washington County Emergency Services.
“Through this tribute, she will forever be remembered for her many sacrifices for our entire emergency services system.”
Music will be provided by students from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, and Rick Conrad will play bagpipes.
Local 1605 Honor Guard, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and the Hagerstown Police Department’s Honor Guard will assist in presenting the colors for the event.
“Remembrance in the Park” is held annually in conjunction with National Preparedness Month and is sponsored by the Washington County Citizen Corps, Washington County government and the City of Hagerstown.