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City proclaims May 14-20 as Police Week during flag raising ceremony

(May 15, 2017)

A flag with the rose and shield logo was proudly raised by an honor guard during a ceremony Thursday, May 11 at the Public Safety Center (PSC) to mark National Police Week, which runs Sunday, May 14 through Saturday, May 20. The distinctive rose and shield logo represents the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, an organization that represents and honors the service and sacrifice of our nation’s law enforcement officers.

Westminster Police Officers lined up in the PSC plaza for the flag raising ceremony as Mayor Herb Atchison, Chief of Police Tim Carlson, and Chaplain Larry Robbins spoke.

Mayor Atchison read a proclamation declaring May 15 to be Peace Officer Memorial Day and May 14-20 to be Police Week.

“Today is an important day to recognize the service of those in uniform, whether they are here in Westminster or in another part of the country,” said Mayor Atchison. “In the city of Westminster, I urge all citizens to thank the men and women who have answered the call to serve in law enforcement in their commitment to justice and their communities.”

“We raise this memorial flag in honor of those who have given their lives and who continue to serve in their communities,” said Chief of Police Carlson.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as peace officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Officers and their families nationwide held a candlelight vigil on Saturday, May 13 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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