KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Police Memorial Service is usually held at police headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Mo., but they are in the middle of a $28 million renovation project. Because of all the construction, the department decided to move it to the Kansas City Regional Police Academy in the Northland.
It’s a very solemn occasion, an opportunity for the department to recognize the 119 officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This year’s service will be very similar to last year’s. It will just be in a different location, and it will include an honor guard, a 21-gun salute, bagpipes, a flyover by the police helicopter and a riderless horse representing fallen officers.
They will read the names of the 119 Kansas City officers killed in the line of duty and there will be 119 flags on display. It’s been 12 years since a Kansas City police officer died in the line of duty, the longest streak in department history, but that doesn’t mean these officers are any safer today. They put their lives on the line very day they get in uniform.
“You never know what you’re approaching,” said Capt. Tye Grant. “When you approach a car, that car may have been pulled over for speeding, but you never know who’s in that car, so everything about this job must be done to ensure the safety of everybody, not just us, but everybody.”
This Police Memorial Service is open to the public. You are invited to attend. It begins at 10 a.m.and will be held on the Sports Field at the KC Regional Police Academy. The address is 6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road.