Marshall Police Department is hosting a Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony honoring fallen officers in the State of Texas during 2016 and 2017. This year’s ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Marshall Visual Arts Center at 12:00 pm.
In 1962, President John Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The calendar week in which May 15 falls is National Police Week, with 2017 National Police Week being May 14-20.
Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been more than 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 21,183 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.
Texas has lost 1,706 officers, more than any other state. There were 143 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2016.
Many officers from across the state will be remembered during the ceremony for giving the ultimate sacrifice to serve the public, their lives. All of our local law enforcement agencies will be in attendance and the public is encouraged to attend. Media personnel is also invited to attend.