While most Memorial Day services are canceled this year due the novel coronavirus, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office is forging ahead with its annual ceremony to honor its officers who have died in service.
The sheriff’s office will stream the service live Friday, May 22, at 11 AM. The public can be watch from home at www.facebook.com/suffolksheriff/live.
The service, held in conjunction with the Suffolk County Correction Officers Association and the Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs P.B.A., honors Suffolk County’s corrections officers and deputy sheriffs who have died in service since 1887.
The memorial tribute includes the readings of the names of all officers who have died, as well as the traditional Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, and the 21-Gun Salute.
Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. will give the service address from the Riverhead Correctional Facility, and County Executive Steve Bellone and District Attorney Tim Sini will speak to the online audience remotely to adhere to the current social distancing regulations in place because of COVID-19.