Mayor Pam Iorio and Chief Jane Castor Unveil New Police Memorial A blue laser beam will represent law enforcement's thin blue line
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The Tampa Police Honor Guard saluted as the new light beamed from the police headquarters across Lykes Gaslight Park.
Thursday, March 24th, 7 - 8 p.m.
7 p.m. - Reception in TPD Lobby
7:30 p.m. - Sponsor Recognition in TPD Lobby
8 p.m. - Lighting Ceremony in front of new memorial wall (A blue laser beam will start from the
monument and shine to the top of the BB&T Bank building. This is the first of its kind at a police department in the United States).
After the ceremony, Cindy Roberts, wife of fallen Tampa Police Corporal Mike Roberts, will be available for interviews. The Tampa Police officer who spearheaded the project will also be available.
WHERE: 411 North Franklin Street, Tampa
DETAILS: When the Tampa Police Memorial Committee made plans for the current memorial statue in 1997, they never anticipated the granite structure would fill with names of fallen heroes so quickly. After the department's recent tragedies, the committee launched plans to expand the department's memorial. Along with the new granite wall behind the current monument, the LED laser will be illuminated each night from sunset to midnight. The Thin Blue Line Project began in February 2011 to enhance the original monument. The Thin Blue Line represents the small amount of police officers, dressed in blue, standing between the criminal element and the law abiding citizens.
Crews built the original memorial in December 1997 after the memorial committee wanted to find a way to pay tribute to Tampa's fallen officers. Police squads donated money which was the start of the funding for the original memorial.
Since 1895, 31 Tampa Police Officers have died in the line of duty. These honorable names will never be forgotten. They have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Tampa.
A special thank you to our sponsors: Susan and John Sykes, Collier International, One Stop Laser Shop, TAB GlassWilder Architecture, Murray Monument Company, West Central Granite Company.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED