ABILENE, Texas - Texas officers killed in the line of duty will be remembered next Wednesday when law enforcement officers and the public attend a time-of-reflection event in Abilene.
Below is a Taylor County Sheriff's Office news release about the upcoming event in its entirety:
Big Country law enforcement officers and the public will again come together in Abilene next Wednesday for a time of reflection and honor as Texas officers killed in the line of duty are remembered.
The Day of Remembrance begins at 9 a.m. with a flag and wreath ceremony at the flagpole of the Abilene/Taylor County Law Enforcement Center, 450 Pecan Street in Abilene. Big Country first responder agencies will provide a "static display" of vehicles for public viewing after the ceremony.
A memorial service, entitled "Their Duty Was to Serve, Our Duty Is to Remember," begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Logsdon Chapel at Hardin-Simmons Univeristy, and will be hosted by area civilian and military law enforcement agencies.
The public is invited to attend both ceremonies.
This annual local observance coincides with "National Police Week" May 11-17, and May 15th's "National Peace Officers Memorial Day." The nation's official observance is held annually in Washington, DC. As a part of that event, "Police Unity Tour" bicycle riders, many of them officers, travel a 250-300 mile route in memory of their fallen comrades. The ride ends with a processional into the memorial area in downtown Washington. Approximately 1,700 people are members of the Unity Tour group, with hundreds of past and present officers serving on bike teams from across the country.