Local agencies to observe Peace Officer Memorial Day
Rapid City, S.D. — Tomorrow, May 15th is Peace Officer Memorial Day, which caps off National Peace Week.
The memorial day, is a time to remember the men and women in law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty. Each year Fraternal Order of Police and its auxiliary organizes a national memorial service, followed by the placement of a wreath at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. The day is also a reminder for Americans to be vigilant against crime, in hopes of more officers making it home at the end of the day. National trustee for the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police, Captain Tony Harrison said,
“But we think it’s important, last year in the nation, 185 officers gave their lives in the line of duty. And that’s just way too many, and so we want to remember those folks, because we can’t do it at the national level. So we’re doing it at the local level. And it’s not for those of us that are doing the job today that want it, it’s for the memory of those who can’t do it today because they didn’t get the chance to finish their careers.”
With social distancing still encouraged, the national service has been replaced this year with a pre-recorded service. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies will gather to observe a moment of silence and a small memorial. We will carry that event live tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. on NC1.tv and our social media platforms.