The Ellis County Detachment's Honor Guard participated in the Police Officers Memorial Service in Ferris, Texas on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 with our Firing Party.
In the United States Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually on May 15th in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week.
The ceremony in Ferris was small and well put together. Many of the local residents came out to show their support for those that 'Serve and Protect' them. The city of Ferris has been conducting these ceremonies in honor of their fallen since 2004. The Chief of Police, and member of the Detachment, Eddie Salazar, did a wonderful job putting the program together which directly effected the outpouring of positive feedback and 'Thanks' by many of the attendees.
We are nearing Memorial Day, when the Detachment's Honor Guard (Firing Party) will participate in Ennis' Memorial Day program at the Veterans Memorial on Memorial day, Monday, May 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM.
The Police Officers Memorial in Ferris was a good time for the Firing Party to hone their skills as they prepare for the Memorial Day ceremony in Ennis, but also as they prepare to initiate the Detachment's Fallen Marine Program which contains Military Funeral Honors as well as other functions that show respect for our fellow brothers and sisters in arms who have passed away.
This was the first event that the Honor Guard has participated in and was a great start for a program that the Marine Corps League prides itself on accomplishing for our fellow Servicemen and women and Veterans of the local detachment's communities.
The Ellis County Detachment will perform Military Funeral Honors for any service member or Veteran free of charge for the Funeral Home and the Family. The family MUST request the service for the firing party to be able to fire the 3-round volley at the graveside funeral service. The family must also provide a copy of the Veterans DD-214 or Certificate of Discharge reflecting an Honorable discharge. A General discharge under Honorable conditions is acceptable. The Honor Guard will also provide a 3-round Volley (as provided to Veterans) to first responders when available. If there are any questions please contact the Honor Guard Commander, Robert Bell, at 360-808-0604.