The City of Kissimmee, Kissimmee Utility Authority, and Toho Water Authority are set to host their annual Employee Memorial Service on Friday, March 8th, at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place in front of Kissimmee City Hall, commemorating the dedication and service of past employees.

This annual event serves as a tribute to employees who have passed away, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, as well as those who have retired after years of faithful service. The focal point of the service is a permanent monument located on the grounds of City Hall, which serves as a reminder of the contributions made by these individuals and how their hard work, longevity, and dedication has paved the path for the growth and future of the City.

Originally erected in 1988 following the loss of the City’s first police officer in the line of duty, Officer Thomas “Bart” Bartholomew, the employee monument holds a special significance for the community. After being temporarily relocated to Kissimmee Lakefront Park in 1993, the monument returned to its original location at City Hall in 2010, symbolizing the enduring legacy of those it honors.

Crafted from gray granite and adorned with the engraved names of departed employees, the monument continues to serve as a place of reflection and remembrance. Each year, the names of employees who have passed away while in service to the City are added to the monument, ensuring that their sacrifices are never forgotten. Additionally, individuals who have retired after meeting the required years of service and receiving benefits through their respective pension plans are recognized as honored retirees.

Elected officials, staff members from all three organizations, and members of the public are cordially invited to attend this solemn occasion and pay their respects to the dedicated individuals who have shaped the community.