Police to honor fallen officers with 21-gun salute at Old Main ceremony

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Police & Public Safety will host a ceremony on Tuesday, May 13, for county law enforcement officers and the community to honor officers across the nation who were killed in the line of duty.

The Centre County Law Enforcement Memorial Day ceremony will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on the Old Main lawn. During the ceremony, a roll call of officers who were killed in line of duty across the nation this past year will be given. The ceremony will also include the singing of the national anthem, an invocation, color guard, playing of the taps and a 21-gun salute by local police departments.

“We want to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham. “We pay honor to service and sacrifice for the safety of our nation and its people.”

Representatives from county law enforcement departments will be in attendance, and county commissioners will be on hand to sign a proclamation declaring the day “Centre County Law Enforcement Memorial Day.”

The local ceremony is held each year during National Police Week, which this year is May 11-17. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week that falls over May 15 as National Police Week.

“We’re really excited to be able to host this event and to be able to honor the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty,” Parham said.

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Last Updated May 01, 2014