About the Memorial

Chestnut and Cedar Streets will be re-introduced to the Civic Center—to make it more open and inviting to pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. Next, 1st Street will be extended across the site—to connect east to west. These simple actions will form an urban framework of smaller blocks that will knit the downtown back together and create a new pedestrian environment, similar to what exists in other areas of Long Beach and in cities that have undergone successful revitalization. With this reconstruction, a new Police and Fire Memorial will be developed. This memorial will pay tribute to all police officers and firefighters that have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep our community safe.

Flag Folding Symbology

1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.

6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

10. The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

12. The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

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