The CLEM Board of Directors would like to thank those that participated and supported this year’s Annual Memorial Service, which was held on Thursday, May 20th at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden. Close to 200 people attended the service, including several family members of the fallen heroes. This year saw representation from several police departments who sent delegates to honor the 145 fallen officers, troopers, and federal agents whose names are inscribed on the Memorial Monument.
Despite COVID-19, this year had a number of highlights to the service, one of which was provided by the Connecticut Law Enforcement Unity Bikers organization. Forty members rode to the memorial from Hartford that morning and were greeted by the Middletown Pipes and Drums Corp. Retired Sgt. Franco Sanzo and Officer Sid Palimeri of the Hartford Police Department placed a wreath at the base of the Memorial on behalf of the Unity Bikers.
If you attended the services, you may have noticed the fresh appearance of the Memorial, thanks to the efforts and generosity of the Police Association of Connecticut (PAC). The Memorial was given a deep cleaning and power wash, the large granite stones were mortared, Belgian block was installed on the walkway, all pavers were leveled, and flowers were planted. This work was coordinated by Inspector Craig Davis of the Chief States Attorney Office who is currently a vice-president in the Police Association of Connecticut.
The CLEM Board of Directors are grateful to all attendees and supporters and we look forward to a complete post-COVID service next year.