MARQUETTE — This week is National Police Week and the Upper Peninsula Peace Officers Association is holding a Memorial to honor those officers that have so bravely served our communities and made the ultimate sacrifice in the Line of Duty.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week.
The Marquette City Police Department is joining with all Upper Peninsula Law Enforcement agencies this week in honoring those Peace Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the Line of Duty. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is located in Washington, D.C. and contains the names of over 20,000 Peace Officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
In the State of Michigan , 572 Peace Officers have died in the Line of Duty since statistics have been kept including 27 Officers in the Upper Peninsula. Nationwide in 2015, 128 Peace Officer’s were killed in the line of duty and 27 K-9’s died. Here are several pictures of the National Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Memorial will take place on Friday, May 20th at 10 A.M. in the Superior Dome on the Northern Michigan University campus. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
A motorcade of Peace Officers will depart at 9 A.M. from the Michigan State Police Post in Negaunee and travel to the Superior Dome using US highway 41 to Washington Street in Marquette and then turn North on Third Street to the Dome.