BEND, Ore. - Central Oregon law enforcement agencies, including the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, Warm Springs and the Oregon State Police will be holding the annual Central Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony next week.
This event memorializes Oregon and officers across the country who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The public is invited to attend the event on TUESDAY, May 14th at 11:00 a.m. at the Bend Heroes Memorial in Brooks Park (just over the Newport Street Bridge) in Bend.
The event will feature guest speakers, honor guard flag presentations, vocalists, a 21-gun salute and Taps.
On October 1, 1962, a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy designates the week of May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers' Memorial Week."
There are over 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities throughout the United States. In 2012, 120 officers died in the line of duty. However, there were no line of duty deaths in the state of Oregon in 2012. In 2011, Oregon suffered three line of duty deaths.
There are two days that the U.S. law requires American flags to be flown at half-staff; Memorial Day and May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day. This special tribute to American law enforcement was included in the historic crime bill (Public Law 103-322) signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994.