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National Police week honors fallen law enforcement officers

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From Constable Jason Rector, 6th District, Adair Co., KY

Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week, May 15-21, 2011, to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 316 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 316 officers include 152 officers who were killed during 2010, plus 164 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
Columbia-Adair County Law Enforcement agencies would like to extend a personal invitation to all citizens to attend this important ceremony and honor these men and women that have given their lives serving and protecting. Constable Rector would encourage and promote blue ribbons tied on car antennas as a reminder to the public that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the line of duty. It is also to honor those officers who serve and protect our communities every day, putting their lives on the line. Fly the Blue, support Law Enforcement!

The names of all 316 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2011. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the Internet beginning at 8pmET/7pmCT on May 13, 2011. To register for this free online event, visit

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nations capital during National Police Week 2011. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

This story was posted on 2011-05-12 18:22:27
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CJE Melton, Mayor Harris proclaim National Police Week 2011

2011-05-12 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton signs a proclamation declaring the week of May 15-21, 2011, as National Police Week in Columbia/Adair County, KY, which was also signed by Columbia Mayor Mark D. Harris, seated, right, a few moments later. Law enforcement officers attending the ceremony are, center, seated, Constable Jason Rector, and standing, from left Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross and Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss.

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National Police Week in Columbia/Adair Co., KY

2011-05-13 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY .
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