On a chilly fall day five months after Brian Moore's death, his family lined up in the middle of the Plainedge High School football field. A pipe band played "Amazing Grace," a color guard hoisted its flags and a woman sang the national anthem.
It was a brief and solemn tribute to the slain NYPD officer, who graduated from the high school in 2007 and grew up playing sports in the parks and fields of Massapequa. Moore died on May 4 at age 25, two days after being shot in the head while questioning a suspect in Queens.
He has been honored in the months following his death with tributes, memorials and planned athletic fields and statues in his name. The NYPD posthumously promoted him to detective.
The latest tribute came in the minutes before kickoff for the Plainedge Red Devils homecoming game. Football players were given black wristbands with simple white initials: B.M.
Cheerleaders wore navy blue Plainedge High School long-sleeved shirts featuring the NYPD logo, with "P.O. Moore" emblazoned on the sleeve in white block letters. They approached the family at midfield and offered bouquets of red roses. On the far side of the high school track, a white banner with "B. Moore our hometown hero," handwritten in blue, rippled against the fence.
"This is a really nice thing. Brian went to school here, he played ball here. This is a really nice dedication to have his legacy go on forever," his father, Raymond Moore, said.
"It seems like I was just down here yesterday watching him play sports," he continued. "My whole family graduated from Plainedge. It's truly amazing that the whole community comes together to honor him. Something like this shows you how much the community cares, how much he did and how much he sacrificed."
The dedications help Raymond Moore feel like his son will be remembered, he said.
"Something like this -- at least it helps me get by a little bit easier," he said.