NEWS RELEASE: Law Enforcement Memorial 2018
The Marshall Police Department is hosting a Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony honoring fallen officers in the State of Texas during 2017 and 2018. This year’s ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 16, at the Marshall Visual Arts Center at 12:00 p.m.
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 2018 National Police Week being May 13-19. Crime fighting has taken its toll. Since the first recorded death in 1791, there have been more than 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Currently, there are 21,541 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Texas has lost a total of 1,928 officers. Sixteen Texas officers died in the line of duty in 2017 and in 2018, there have been four officers killed in the line of duty.
Many officers from across the state will be remembered during the ceremony for giving the ultimate sacrifice to serve the public. All of our local law enforcement agencies will be in attendance and the public is encouraged to attend. Media personnel are also invited to attend.
Public Information Officer
Marshall Police Department