Fifty-six years ago, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed that National Peace Officers Memorial Day was to be observed every May 15th. The week that envelops May 15th is to also be known as National Police Week.
It is during this time that we recognize the sacrifices made, and remember the law enforcement officers who have made those sacrifices while carrying out their duties of protecting and serving others.
Locally, the Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial honors 33 fallen law enforcement officers. The memorial sits off of Lake Beulah Drive, just west of the RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center).
Memorial honors 33 fallen law enforcement officers. The memorial sits off of Lake Beulah Drive, just west of the RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center).
Two other sites to mention include the FOP Law Enforcement Memorial in Tallahassee, and the National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.
For family, friends, and colleagues of fallen officers, these sites are an overwhelming heartfelt experience. Anyone, with or without a close connection to law enforcement, should visit one of these sites, or better yet, one of the memorial services that are held at these locations each year.
Polk County is a wonderful community that has been outspoken with their support for the law enforcement officers who serve them.
Never forget that the law enforcement officers who serve the people of Polk County appreciate the support, and will always be there to answer the call. And never forget the 33 men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during their service.