On Friday, central Ohio will pay tribute to fallen police officers.
Then annual police memorial ceremony takes place during National Police Week, and hundreds of people are expected to gather at Genoa Park Friday morning to pay their respects.
In addition to current officers who come to remember those killed in the line of duty, friends and family of those who have been taken too soon will also be in attendance.
The ceremony will last about two hours and will include moments of silence, bagpipes and speeches from those who knew the officers who gave their lives. The memorial is a public event, and every Columbus Police officer who has lost his or her life while protecting and serving will be honored, no matter how recent or long ago they made the ultimate sacrifice.
The officers killed in the line of duty are not the only ones recognized each year. Friday morning’s event will also pay tribute to those retired officer who died in the last year.
The memorial begins at 10am at Genoa Park.