Pins honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty

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For the past 31 years, on the first Friday in May, commemorative pins are given to guests at the annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony held at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

The ceremony honors police and correctional officers, firefighters, and emergency medical and rescue personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The pins are especially meaningful and important to their survivors, as a symbol of their loss and a tribute to their memory.

The pins, 1200 of which are produced each year, are collected and cherished by many family members of those who were lost.