The City of Kissimmee, along with its partners Kissimmee Utility Authority and Toho Water Authority, will host its annual Employee Memorial Service on March 13 in front of Kissimmee City Hall at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to attend and join elected city officials and staff of the organizations.

Church Street, from Monument Avenue and Dakin Avenue will be closed that day from 10-11 a.m.

This program remembers city employees that have passed, including line-of-duty deaths. It’s been made poignant since the shooting deaths of the Kissimmee Police Department’s Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter on Aug. 18-19, 2017.

The names of those departed are listed on a permanent granite monument at City Hall that is the centerpiece of the memorial service. The monument was built there in 1988, moved to Kissimmee Lakefront Park in 1993 and returned to City Hall in 2010.

The original employee monument is an engraved piece of gray granite that was created when the City lost its first police officer in the line of duty. The names of employees who completed the required number of years of service and receive benefits through their respective pension plan continue to be added to the current one.

Photo cred: City of Kissimmee