Due to ongoing construction and renovation at the Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center (Winston-Salem Police Headquarters), specifically in the area of the Fallen Officer Memorial Wall, the Winston-Salem Police Department is temporarily suspending its Fallen Officer Ceremonies.
The Winston-Salem Police Department conducts a wreath laying ceremony on the anniversary of the death of every officer that was killed in the the line of duty. These ceremonies are held at the Fallen Officer Memorial Wall on the plaza in front of the Cherry Street entrance to the Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center. Construction and renovation are scheduled to begin on this part of the complex on September 9, 2019, making it impossible to conduct the Fallen Officer Ceremony.
In lieu of the Fallen Officer Ceremony, the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct a Fallen Officer Remembrance on the anniversary of the death of all its fallen officers. The Remembrance will consist of a wreath being hung at the memorial wall, and on duty officers and civilian employees wearing black badge bands for the entirety of that day. There will be no ceremony.
Out of respect for the families of ALL the fallen, the Fallen Officer Ceremonies will be suspended for one full year and will resume on September 9, 2020.