May 19, 2005 - All the police agencies
in Knoxville and Knox County gathered today to honor police officers
that died during 2004.
The service was highlighted by officers who escorted survivors
to a special wreath where a flower was placed in memory of their
Knoxville Police Department Presented the Colors and the Knox County
Sheriff's Office provided the Honor Guard, Taps, and a Flyover.
Those participating today included the Knoxville Police Department,
the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the University of Tennessee Police,
the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the Tennessee Highway
Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Bureau
of Investigation, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week containing
May 15 has been National Police Week, since President John F. Kennedy
signed Public Law 87-726 on October 1, 1962.
But it was not until May 15, 1982, that the first National Peace
Officers' Memorial Day Service was held. Washington, DC, activities
during National Police week now include the annual Candlelight Vigil
at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and COPS' National
Police Survivors' Seminars as well as the National Peace Officers'
Memorial Day Service. The National Peace Officers' Memorial Day
Service on May 15 draws thousands from across the nation.
The National Police Survivors' Seminars offer peer-support and
professional counselors to assist survivors as they move along their
path of grief.