Annual Police Memorial Commemoration

Stand with Us as We Honor Our Fallen Heroes

36th Annual Police Memorial Commemoration – Police Week 2021

May 15-22, 2021

36th Annual Commemoration

The Police Memorial Society sponsors the Annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society Commemoration in conjunction with National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. Public events include a parade down Lakeside Avenue (“Police Memorial Way”) followed by a commemorative service at the Peace Officers Memorial. The premier event is the Cleveland International Tattoo.

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Featured Event

The Cleveland International Tattoo in action

May 22: Spectacular performances of music, song, drill and dance

The premier event of each year’s commemoration is the Cleveland International Tattoo. In the time-honored tradition of the military tattoo, the pipes & drums of numerous police departments throughout the United States and Canada – as well as marching bands, drill teams, dance and choral groups – combine their talents in a spectacular display of pageantry and music. The entire community joins together in remembrance, fellowship and celebration to salute our safety forces, our military and our country.

This family-friendly patriotic concert highlights the best musicians, dancers and performers from across the globe. Past performers include police, military, and childrens groups from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Turkey, Australia, Ukraine, Poland and Greece.

More Information


2021 Police Week Events

Flyer (pdf)

Some events subject to change

Saturday, May 15

Grave Marker Ceremony & 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®

For questions or to volunteer, contact John Dean, (216) 272-4469 or

Sunday, May 14

Police, Fire & EMS Memorial Mass

9:00 a.m.

Our Lady of Angels Church

9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Angels Church, 3644 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, Ohio 44111. Breakfast served after Mass in Linus Hall. Cost $7.00.

Monday, May 16

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.

Contact us at

Thursday, May 20

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 and complimentary appetizers.

Friday, May 21


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®.”

Contact Joe Mannion,

Parade Participant Luncheon

FOP Lodge No. 8

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

Greater Cleveland Police Emerald Society

4:00 p.m.


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

Rib/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 Chicago Police Emerald Society.

Saturday, May 22

Police Patch Collectors Show

10:00 a.m.

Double Tree Hotel

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Double Tree Hotel, 1111 Lakeside Avenue

Cleveland International Tattoo

7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Public Hall

Highlighting the weekend will be the “Tattoo” at Cleveland Public Hall, 500 Lakeside AVe E., Cleveland, Ohio 44114 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 and more! Tickets on sale at $20.00 per person, 10 years old and under free.

For information contact Chris Russo at

After-Tattoo Party

Double Tree Hotel

Follow the bands back to the Double Tree Hotel at 12th and Lakeside Avenue. Featuring music by “West Awake.”