LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Since the official founding in 1869 of the Los Angeles Police Department, 239 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty -- and Wednesday, all of them will be remembered during a solemn memorial ceremony at LAPD headquarters.
Family members of fallen officers will be joined by LAPD Chief Michel Moore, elected officials, members of the Police Commission and active LAPD personnel at the 9 a.m. ceremony.
The department said the program will feature traditional police honors -- including a roll call of the fallen, a rider-less horse, a rifle volley, a helicopter flyover in the "missing man" formation, bagpipers playing "Amazing Grace," a solo bugler playing "Taps," and the time-honored "end of watch broadcast."
The ceremony will also include the inaugural performance of the LAPD Choir -- a voluntary group of sworn and civilian LAPD employees.
It will conclude with family members and partners of the fallen placing long-stem roses near their loved one's name plate on the Memorial Wall.