NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2020: HONORING AND REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
City of King City, Oregon – Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week – Sunday, May 10 – Saturday, May 16, 2020, to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
Mayor Kenneth Gibson, City Manager Mike Weston and Chief of Police Ernie Happala will join other law enforcement leaders and community members from across Oregon to honor and remember the fallen law enforcement officers and the families they left behind during a memorial ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 1 p.m.
The memorial honors the fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers. The Oregon memorial is held the week ahead of National Police Week events in Washington, D.C., so that family members and co-workers can attend both memorial ceremonies.
With the current crisis that our nation and the world is facing has resulted in the cancellation of public gatherings in King City, Washington, D.C., and nation, during National Police Week 2020 this year – honoring the 2019 fallen will be through a Virtual Candlelight held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
The approved names of 307 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 307 officers include 135 officers who were killed during 2019, plus 172 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
Chief of Police Ernie Happala mentioned that “now more than ever, the outpouring of support has been amazing, and the men and women of the King City Police Department wish to thank all for their continued support. Unfortunately, there have been 42 line of duty death in the United States this year, and that number will grow as we ALL continue to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please help us and continue to do our part of staying home, staying healthy, and saving lives”.
Mayor Ken Gibson says that “policing in every city in the United States deserves our support.
I am so thankful for the women and men serving to keep King City safe. We must pray that they will remain safe at all times.”
The names of all 307 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated during the virtual Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2020, to be held on the National Mall.
The virtual Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2020. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
On May 15, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary will host a Memorial video event.
In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses, and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff.
For more information about National Police Week, please visit https://nleomf.org/policeweek.
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