GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (News release) — For a number of years, the Garland County Sheriff’s Office FOP Lodge #26 has honored fallen officers in Garland County by hosting the Police Memorial Ceremony with the help of the Hot Springs Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Hot Springs Village Police, and National Park Service.
Previous ceremonies consisted of readings from local officials and keynote speakers, the
posting of colors, and our National Anthem. We would honor our fallen officers with the
presentation of the ceremonial wreaths and the Hero’s Roll Call while concluding with the
playing of taps.
This year, unfortunately, it is with great regret that we are unable to host our traditional
events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prediction of bad weather, and adhering to social
distancing. The memorial will remain open starting at 6 pm on Friday, May 15th 1000to the
public for those who wish to pay their respects. This decision was a difficult one, but we
believe it is the right one. We are saddened that our community and partner agencies
cannot come together this year to grieve the loss of the officers who were killed in the line
of duty, but given the national crisis, we must continue to make the safety of the public our
If the community wishes to leave any type of candle at the memorial, we respectfully ask
that the candle is in a type of glass case for safety reasons.