Garden Grove

“Thin Blue Line” honored at memorial

A RIDERLESS horse, with boots reversed in the stirrups, is a tradition in the annual Garden Grove Police Memorial, to be held this year on Thursday, May 16 (File photo).

This year’s Call to Duty Police Memorial, honoring Garden Grove’s Fallen Five—the officers Garden Grove has lost in the line of duty — is themed after ‘The Thin Blue Line,’ symbolic of law enforcement standing together in service to others. The public memorial takes place on Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m., in front of police headquarters, at 11301 Acacia Parkway.

New to this year’s event is a memorial flag-folding ceremony accompanied by a missing-man formation aerial flyover, memorial bell ringing for each of the fallen officers, and a 21-gun salute. The Bolsa Grande High School Concert Choir will perform musical selections in honor of the occasion.

Newly-appointed Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRé will officiate his first police memorial as chief, and welcome this year’s guest speaker, former Garden Grove Police Chief Joseph Polisar.

The ceremony honors the memory and recalls the sacrifices of Sergeant Myron L. Trapp, Officer Andy Reese, Officer Donald F. Reed, Officer Michael Rainford, and Master Officer Howard Dallies, Jr.

East and west bound Acacia Parkway, from Garden Grove City Hall to 9th Street, and Civic Center Drive, from Garden Grove Boulevard to Acacia Parkway, will be closed on May 16, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  For details, call (714)  741-5901, or visit Garden Grove City Hall or Garden Grove Police Department on Facebook.

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