Past and present police officers honored at memorial ceremony
PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Peoria Police Department took time to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty during a special ceremony.
Wednesday, a memorial service was held in front of Peoria City Hall as part of National Police Week. City leaders and dozens of public supporters were in attendance, grouped in the shadow of City Hall to avoid the heat of the sun. The ceremony recognized fallen officers who had served the Peoria Police Department in years past, along with prior and present members of the department.
National Police Week was first celebrated in 1962, when President Kennedy designated the week of May 15 as ‘Peace Officers Memorial Day.’
Police Chief Eric Echevarria says this shows the human side of the job.
“Behind these uniforms, there’s real people,” he says. “Real people with real families, and loved ones, and children, and mothers and fathers.”
He adds the ceremony highlights the need for families of the fallen to see they are still supported by the community.
“It’s for the families who have lost ones,” he adds, “to be able to come back and see the support that’s here and have loved ones be able to have a moment to — at a special occasion — remember those...who may be gone, but not forgotten.”
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