Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe and respond in times of crisis. Sadly, last year more than 150 of these brave men and women never returned home.
To salute the dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement, in 1962 Congress established May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week on which it falls as National Police Week.
Communities nationwide and across southwest Michigan will unite this week to honor and remember those officers who were killed in the line of duty, as well as the family, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
The names of the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2010 will be formally dedicated Friday evening on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil.
Closer to home, I encourage residents to join local police officers and their families as we honor the officers who lost their lives in service to our community.
The annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day Service will begin at noon on Friday at the Law Enforcement Memorial located in Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph.
While the ceremony is a chance to pay tribute to these heroes, police week is a time to thank the law enforcement officers still protecting us.
May God keep them safe and bless their families with strength.