CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The brave men and women in blue who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored Friday morning.
The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society celebrated their 25th Anniversary with their traditional Parade and Ceremony in downtown Cleveland.
The Parade kicked off at 11AM at East 12th and Lakeside and will ended at the Memorial at West 3rd and Lakeside. The Ceremony followed at noon, complete with ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovation of the Memorial.
In this, the 25th Anniversary year, the Parade was the largest due to the addition of many international bands and participants. The Memorial Parade marched down Lakeside Avenue, newly designated as "Police Memorial Way" to "Police Memorial Square" to the ribbon-cutting for the $155,000 renovation of the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial and 25th Annual Police Memorial Service. The service is the most important event of the commemoration and provides the law enforcement community the opportunity to truly "Honor Our Fallen."
The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society honored the 177 Fallen Officers whose names appear on the Memorial located at West 3rd and Lakeside in downtown Cleveland Ohio. The two most recent names added were Cleveland Heights Officer Thomas Patton II and Elyria Officer James Kerstetter.
The Cleveland Division of Water's customer service parking meter area will be closed to traffic due to the Police Memorial Day Parade.
The Cleveland Police Department will close down Lakeside Avenue from East 13th St. to West 3rd Street until 1PM.
Police will be on hand to help direct traffic.