Memorial service to honor fallen law enforcement officers

John Joyce

A memorial service for fallen York County law enforcement officers planned for Sunday, May 15, at the Prospect Hill Cemetery's Safekeepers Shrine Monument will also honor those currently serving to protect the community, the Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation said.

Jack Sommer, CEO of Prospect Hill Cemetery, honors local police officers who gave their all in the line of duty during the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day Remembrance, Friday May 15, 2015. The annual service is planned at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Prospect Hill Cemetery.

The annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day Remembrance, starts at 1 p.m. York City Mayor Kim Bracey has accepted the foundation's invitation to serve as keynote speaker, PHC Heritage Foundation Director Jack Sommer said.

"This year will be our third year doing it," he said.

In addition to the cemetery being home to the county's only public memorial to first-responders, PHC is also the final resting place for many of the county's military veterans, Sommer said.

He said the cemetery's veteran's section houses the remains of veterans of all U.S. service branches and from each of the nation's wars dating back to the American Revolution.

"Prospect Hill is one of the oldest and most historic cemeteries in the county," Sommer said. It is in the same vein that the men and women of law enforcement ought to be honored, he added.

"In this day and age, all too often, (police officers) become the target for an attack, not to mention the fact that every day they put themselves in harm's way," he said.

The Memorial Day ceremony will feature the York County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, an invocation by the chaplain and comments from the mayor. The foundation will then honor fallen officers from several area police departments — the North York Borough, Northern York County Regional and York City departments, as well as the Pennsylvania Motor Police and the York County Sheriff's Office — with the reading of a list of names of officers who died in the line of duty.

The ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun salute, the playing of "Taps" and a procession of bagpipes.

"This is a public event, the public is invited to attend," Sommer said.