By Lt. Everardo Silva, AA/PIO

Calipatria State Prison

Calipatria State Prison Warden (A) Warren L. Montgomery, and Calpatria officers and officials along with the California State Prison, Centinela Color Guard particpated in the recent Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony honoring fallen officers.

The event featured 39 flags with a miniature biography of each fallen officer.

The annual ceremony began with a motorcade to the Imperial County Courthouse steps where guest speakers from various agencies honored these brave individuals.

IVLEM WardenCalipatria Warden (A) Montgomery (above) read aloud the name of each fallen officer as a representative from the respective agency rang a bell.

Calipatria Honor GuardThis was followed by a 21-gun salute, a rider-less horse, a flag-folding ceremony, the playing of taps by Calipatria State Prison Correctional Sgt. Robert Silvas, a benediction by Calipatria State Prison Chaplain Charles Richey and the singing of “Amazing Grace.”  The ceremony ended with a moment of silence for the fallen officers and a candlelight vigil. The California State Prison, Centinela, Color Guard (above) also partcipated.

The Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Memorial Committee was formed in 2009 to honor Valley Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line-of-duty.  The committee is working to establish a permanent memorial outside the Imperial Valley Pioneers Museum.