The city of Kissimmee, Kissimmee Utility Authority and the Toho Water Authority will host their annual Employee Memorial Service on Friday starting at 10 a.m. at Kissimmee City Hall.
The program remembers those employees that have passed, including line of duty deaths, and honors those that have retired. The service centers around a permanent monument on the grounds of City Hall. The employee monument was initially displayed at City Hall in 1988, then moved to the Kissimmee Lakefront Park in 1993, coming full circle to make its return 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 pass while in service to the city continue to be added to this piece of granite. To be listed on the Monument as an honored retiree, employees must have completed the required number of years of service and receive benefits through their respective pension plan. Elected officials and staff for all three organizations, as well as the public, will attend the service. Due to the location of the monument, and to offer reverence for the service, Church Street between Monument Avenue and Dakin Avenue will close at 10 a.m. and will reopen at 11 a.m. For more information about the city of Kissimmee, visit www.kissimmee.org.