MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- The annual Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony, honoring law enforcement, was held in Ocala Thursday night.
The Ocala Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office hosted the memorial to honor those officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
There were guest speakers and a 21 gun salute during the event.
The message was clear, whether you wear green, brown, black or blue: We salute you.
For many of the officers, their friends, and family, holding an event like this is so important.
"I know the sheriff's office and everyone else involved would agree that we really give credit to the friends and family of those that served, not only those that have lost their lives but those that are currently serving because without them we wouldn't have the community, the strong community that we do and we just really appreciate allowing them to work with us to serve their community," Public Information Officer with OPD Corie Byrd said.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as peace officers memorial day.