The first LGBT Fallen Heroes Memorial Service was held in Dupont Circle, May 13th, 2012 during National Police Week.
What began as a memorial service to honor LGBT law enforcement officers has grown to encompass all uniformed public servants and inspired the creation of the LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund.
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We continue this tradition each year on May 13th, preceding the Candle Light Vigil for National Police Week. During the memorial service the stories of our fallen heroes are read aloud by volunteers and then flags that have been flown over our Nation’s Capital, in their honor, are presented to the hero’s significant other. We also present that significant other with a commemorative portrait that serves as a reminder of their loved one’s faithful service.
Most times, this memorial service is the first time that those significant others are recognized for the part they play in their loved one’s service to their communities. Because of our country's laws, most are not given the support they deserve. The memorial service is a way for the LGBT community and it’s allies to be there for them during their time of grieving and remind them that they are not alone.
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In 2015 we moved to the beautiful Women In Military Service For America (WIMSA) Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.
WIMSA a perfect backdrop for our memorial service. Not only does it provide the logistical support that we need to host our memorial service, but we could not think of a better place than Arlington National Cemetery to honor our Nation's LGBT Fallen Heroes.
We would like to give a heartfelt "Thank you" to our volunteers and those who attend each year to support our fallen heroes and their families.