Operation Blue Remembrance began as an idea. In May, 2018, Don Armstrong and I organized the first reunion of the Baytown P.D. retirees and former officers. We had an attendance of some 85 former and retired officers and their spouses. We realized others had been forgotten or we had lost track of them. We decided that no officer should ever be forgotten and made it our quest to locate and honor all that had gone before. From there, we expanded to all Texas officers with a primary focus on those who were killed in the line of duty, but taking care to remember those who passed away from other means. Operation Blue Remembrance was born. We were approved by the State and IRS (501 (c) 3 on June 2, 2020 and we have not looked back.
We are focused on assisting the law enforcement community in any way we can. The most visible action is traveling Texas visiting each grave of fallen officers and those who passed away from other means. This taken us to other states in addition to the Lone Star State. To date, we have visited 891 graves, marking each with a Texas stick flag. An additional 216 have been identified as Burial Details Unknown about 65 have been cremated. This is our way of saying "you are not forgotten." We offer headstones to officers who pass away and are truly in need. We offer a number of other services in a variety of areas.
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