Respect. Honor. Remember.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, along with local law enforcement agencies, invites the community to attend the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the courtyard of the Clark County Public Service Center. (13th Street and Franklin, Vancouver, WA.)
Across the nation, 123 law enforcement officers were killed in line of duty deaths in 2015. The memorial ceremony recognizes their sacrifice in service to the community and public safety. All regional law enforcement agencies will be represented. The memorial ceremony will include the posting of the colors and a 21 gun salute. Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins will provide an address to those assembled. A Portland Police Highland Guard Bagpiper will perform. The ceremony is expected to be completed near the noon hour.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC and is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.
The Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of more than 20,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week.
“Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream.” ~ President George H.W. Bush