It is a longstanding tradition of the FBI National Academy Associates, NYSEC Chapter, to conduct a memorial service during the opening ceremonies of our annual conference to recognize, honor, and hold in memory our fellow graduates who passed away since our last conference. It is a tribute to them and to their families. The Chapter pays tribute to the following deceased members who have passed away since our last conference:
|Colin T. Millar||Hamilton, Ont. Canada||105th Session|
|John C. Woods||SUNY – Buffalo||141st Session|
|Hubert P. Murdock||Ogdensburg PD||105th Session|
|Thomas Gallagher||NY PD||108th Session|
The Memory Table is filled with symbolism:
- The table is covered with a white table cloth to symbolize the loyalty and courage with which our fellow graduates served their communities.
- A single rose in a vase is placed on the table to represent family and friends left behind.
- A hat and badge are placed beside the rose to represent their absence.
- A candle is lighted to remind us that they are not forgotten.
- A plaque is positioned on the table to containing their name, session #, and date of death.
- The Memory Table remains on display throughout the conference for review and meditation by their family, friends, and fellow graduates who may be in attendance.
- At the closing ceremonies the candle is extinguished and the memory plaque is presented, to the following year’s conference representative, to perpetuate their memory until that time.