NLEOMF Chairman ceremony remarks

Fourteen years ago, our nation dedicated this majestic monument to honor the members of our community who serve us and protect us. Many have died in the performance of their duties, others have been injured and, thankfully, many more continue to follow in their footsteps — carrying on their proud tradition of service and sacrifice. Tonight, we come to pay tribute to them all, and to their families.

Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the Memorial's board of directors, who have joined me here on the dais, it is my privilege to welcome all of you here tonight. Our program officially begins this evening with:

  • The presentation of the colors by the United States Park Police.

  • The national anthem to be performed by retired Detective Daniel Rodriguez of the New York City Police Department.

  • And, the invocation, which will be given tonight by Pastor Don Freitag, Chaplain of the Montgomery County Police Department.

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