NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY by pharmphresh28

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 NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY
           UTSA hosts ceremony during national observance
       SAN ANTONIO - On May 15, the UTSA Police Department under Chief David

Hernandez will host a memorial service at UTSA's Downtown Campus to commemorate the

service of peace officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The UTSA

police detail will form at Bill Miller Plaza at 10:30 a.m., accompanied by law enforcement

agencies from San Antonio and Bexar County, in observance of National Peace Officers

Memorial Day.

       Several UTSA departments and student organizations have plans to celebrate National

Police Week. Activities will include visits to the police department, cards from students, prayer

services, and other appreciation events. The police department will share in the spirit by

sponsoring a coloring contest at UTSA's Child Development Center. In addition to the

ceremonies and other activities, a UTSA police detachment will represent the university in the

Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony in Austin.

       The May 15 ceremony at UTSA's Downtown Campus will include remarks from UTSA

President Ricardo Romo, UTSA Chief of Police David Hernandez, posting of the colors, a

wreath laying and playing of taps.

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        The observance of National Peace Officers Memorial Day began in 1962 when President

John F. Kennedy designated the week encompassing May 15 as National Police Week.

Departments across the nation observe the week in different manners, including open houses,

SWAT demonstrations and memorial services. Through the efforts of Concerns of Police

Survivors, Inc., a half million blue ribbons have been distributed to law enforcement agencies to

tie to their car antennas to call national attention to this day.

        Every 57 hours, a law enforcement officer gives up his or her life for perfect strangers. In

2006, Texas lost 9 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Since 1963 there have been 29

university police officers nationwide who have died in line of duty protecting their college

campuses.

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