Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society®

reverse-raffle-2023Sunday, May 14: GCPOMS Private Event at Progressive Field

Sunday, May 14, 2023, join us at Progressive Field for the Guardians v Los Angeles Angels. Enjoy a food buffet, beverages and cash bar in the Terrace Club. Lower Box or Upper Bleacher seats available. Ea. ticket enters your name into a raffle to hold the O-H-I-O signs during the game! See flyer for more info.

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Book your room now for the 2023 May Commemoration!

Don't get left out! Booking due date is April 26, 2023. The group’s special rate is applicable from May 16-22, 2023. Here are the details.

Cleveland Police Collectors Show - May 20

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society® is proud to present the Police Collectors Show.

Join us Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 1111 Lakeside. All are welcome, free admission, with patches badges coins & more! Discount code for Doubletree for this event is "POM." Rate is $129/night.

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Put your order in now for GCPOMS merchandise!

Police Memorial MerchandiseWe invite you to shop our online products. With your purchase, you are supporting the operation of this organization whose purpose is to honor fallen officers. This website features selected memorial merchandise. All memorial merchandise will be available at certain GCPOMS Merchandise Sales.

2023 Police Week Events

Saturday, May 13

  • Grave Marker Placement - 8:00 a.m.

    Police Memorial Square (Huntington Park)

    After a brief ceremony at 8:00 a.m. at the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial® (GCPOM®) located in Huntington Park, Lakeside Avenue and West 3rd Street, volunteers will travel throughout the region and place markers on the graves of the Officers commemorated on the GCPOM®.

Monday, May 15

  • Candlelight Vigil - 7:45 p.m.

    Police Memorial Square (Huntington Park)

    At Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial site, begins promptly at 7:45 p.m.

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Thursday, May 18

  • Cleveland Police Badge Case Ceremony - 11:00 a.m.

    Cleveland Police HQ

    Begins at 11:00 a.m. 1st Floor, Cleveland Police HQ, Justice Center - 1300 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

  • Hero's Welcome - 8:00 p.m.


    8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at Sausolito on Ninth, 1360 E. 9th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Live music by "New Barleycorn" and complimentary appetizers.

Friday, May 19

  • Parade - 10:30 a.m.

    Steps off at 10:30 a.m. from Lakeside Avenue and East 12th Street, continuing along Lakeside Avenue to the GCPOM®. Parade participants include officers from local, county, state and federal agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada; and surviving family members of officers who made the supreme sacrifice.

  • Memorial Service - 11:30 a.m.

    Police Memorial Square (Huntington Park)

    All are encouraged to gather at the GCPOM® at 11:30 a.m. immediately following the parade in "Keeping the Promise to Never Forget Our Fallen Heroes®."

  • Gathering - After Service

    FOP Lodge 8

    For parade participants immediately following the Memorial Service at the FOP Lodge No. 8, 2249 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

  • Greater Cleveland Police Emerald Society - 4:00 p.m.


    Fellowship Event, CPPA, Upstairs Hall, 1303 West 58th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44102 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Police Fellowship Steak Roast - 6:00 p.m.


    CPPA, Hall, 1303 West 58th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44102 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association and Chicago Police Emerald Society. Purchase tickets here by May 14th.

Saturday, May 20

  • Police Patch Collectors Show - 10:00 a.m.

    DoubleTree Hotel

    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, 1111 Lakeside Avenue. More Information

  • Cleveland International Tattoo® - 7:00 p.m.

    Change of Venue!! DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom at 1111 Lakeside Ave. East, Cleveland, Ohio

    Highlighting the weekend will be the “Tattoo” at DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. A spectacular demonstration of pageantry, music, song, drill and dance. Featured performers include The Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police, the United States Marine Corps New Orleans Jazz Band and more! For tickets and more information, please visit: After-Tattoo Party immediately following the Tattoo at DoubleTree Hotel.

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  • In Memoriam - We will never forget!

New Benefit for Members

Through a partnership with American Income Life Insurance Company, an AD&D benefit and other no-cost offers are being provided to all members of Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society.

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Watch the Virtual Commemoration

Hello friends -

We invite you to watch this video of our commemoration ceremony from Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m., when the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society read the names of fallen officers. Every year during Police Week the Society holds a ceremony at the Memorial to honor the memory of those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Keeping The Promise... to never forget our fallen heroes.®

Honoring the service of fallen peace officers, ensuring that they are never forgotten and providing assistance and emotional support to their families. We serve Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Geauga, Medina and Northern Summit counties.

What We Do

We Honor Service to the Community

Each year in May, the Police Memorial Society remembers fallen officers during the Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration, a schedule of events for family, friends and the entire community. The 38th Annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society Commemoration will coincide with Police Week in 2023. Events include:

  • Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Parade
  • Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Service
  • Public Safety Fair & Expo: Exhibits and interactive displays by first responders on Saturday of the Commemoration.
  • Cleveland International Tattoo
    Enjoy the stirring sounds and pageantry of the Pipes and Drums, marching bands, drill teams, dancers and choruses. A heart-pounding and high energy salute to our safety forces, our armed forces . . . our country!

In addition to the events described above, the Police Memorial Society also presents the following awards to outstanding law enforcement officers and members of the Greater Cleveland community who provide exceptional support to the Police Memorial Society and the law enforcement community:

  • Samuel H. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award
  • PO Anthony J. Johnson Memorial Police Officer of the Year Award
  • Patrolman Norman A. Drew Memorial Citizen of the Year Award
  • Lance Corporal Andrew W. Nowacki Memorial Veteran of the Year Award
  • GCPOMS President's Award

Information about nomination and award criteria...

We Support Families

Jason Gresko MonumentThe Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society® provides emotional and practical support to the families of fallen officers.

We Advance Education for Law Enforcement

Additionally, the Police Memorial Society awards the Peter Lawer Memorial Scholarship each year to a police officer furthering his/her education, or a student pursuing a degree in law enforcement or a related field, and planning a career in law enforcement. The scholarship is awarded each May during the annual Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Commemoration.
Scholarship criteria...


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