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Lexington County to hold ceremony Wednesday honoring police officers who died in the line of duty

Lexington, SC (05/11/2021 Paul Kirby) – This week, May10-16, is National Police Week across America. Each year, the week that includes May 15th is considered National Police Week. May 15th is National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

National Police Week was originally proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Later that year, Congress established the week in a joint resolution. It provides a time that Americans should take pause, remember, and give special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

As a part of this week, Lexington County’s Council passed a proclamation this week as well. That resolution reads in part, “law enforcement officers recognize and embrace their duty to serve the people of this community, by protecting them against violence and disorder…” This sums up just what law enforcement officers do by putting their lives on the line for us each day.

Many officers say that doing their job is easier when they know that the community they serve is standing behind them and giving them support. That support is something they can see and feel. It gives them strength they need to continue doing their jobs knowing that there are many who have gone before them. Men and women that have taken their last call and paid the ultimate price to keep the citizens and community protected from that, “violence and disorder…”

Tomorrow, May 12th, law enforcement officials will be joined by special guest, dignitaries, and the community. All will gather at the law enforcement monument beside the Westbrook Judicial Center (courthouse) in Lexington at Lake and Main to honor Lexington County officers who’ve paid that price. Being there, taking a moment out of your day to stop, pray, observe, and remember is a tangible way that you can show all the officer in Lexington County who patrol our communities and streets we do care and have their backs.

If you can, please join them for this ceremony. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. If you can’t attend in person, please set aside a few minutes to remember why you can do what you do everyday with a safe and secure feeling.


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