Fallen LAPD officers to be honored in ceremony at police headquarters
Los Angeles police officers are to honor their fallen comrades at a Thursday morning ceremony in the outdoor courtyard of the Police Department's headquarters.
The 10 a.m. event, which is open to the public, is expected to draw hundreds of officers, family members and well-wishers.
No significant street closures are expected, although one lane of Main Street will be shut down for a time, said department spokesperson Diana Soukounian.
The program includes a "roll call of fallen heroes," a 21-rifle volley, a missing-man-formation helicopter fly-over, bagpipers playing "Amazing Grace," and a bugler playing "Taps." Family members of fallen officers will place roses near the nameplates of their relatives in the building's Memorial Wall.
Part of the ceremony is to be a special tribute to officers Joshua Cullins and R.J. Cottle, who died while on active military duty in Afghanistan. Cullins died in October, killed by a roadside bomb after having quickly returned to duty despite an earlier injury from a bomb blast. Cottle, a veteran member of the elite SWAT unit, was killed by a roadside bomb in March 2010.
Another feature of the program is a tribute to 13 officers who died in the line of duty from 1911 to 1933. Restored portraits of these officers, and narratives about them, will be displayed in the headquarters lobby through May.
The memorial is expected to last about one hour and 15 minutes.
-- Howard Blume