Flags will be flown at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Jason Weiland are heading to Washington D.C. today for a ceremony being held as Weiland's name is going to be added to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial on Saturday. "These men and women are true community heroes".

"We forget in our day to day lives, tomorrow is the national memorial day for officers so take a moment and say a prayer or however you do to those that have paid that ultimate sacrifice in your own neighborhoods", says Sgt. Dan Haskins.

Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, after a pursuit on January 18, 2017. Marked by the tolling of a bell, seven names were read when IL was called, including Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox.

The annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service will start at noon, Friday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 3811 N. Main Street.

"Law enforcement officers run toward conflict and gunfire to protect innocent lives in an environment where they are highly scrutinized on social media and in cell phone video clips", Kirsch said in a press release.

More than 13,000 US flags have been posted on the Hall of Fame's Hill of Remembrance on State Road 405 as well as around Hall of Fame property.

National Police Week takes place this year Sunday, May 13 until Saturday May 19.

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This year, 360 names have been added to the memorial including four officers who served the citizens of Arkansas.

On Peace Officers Memorial Day and during Police Week, we acknowledge the incredible service and sacrifices law enforcement personnel make each day for their fellow Americans. Since 1887, 88 federal, state and local law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in Erie County.

And to hopefully give families who have lost somebody, time to be together, and comfort in knowing their loved ones are still remembered.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week throughout the United States.

Police officers Carlos Nunez and Damian Eglesfield accepted a proclamation on behalf of the Cloverdale Police Department at the meeting.

Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputy William Maxwell was killed in the line of duty in 1919.

This annual event is held to honor officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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