NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk Police Department held a memorial service Thursday to remember the 38 men and women lost in the line of duty.
The annual Police Officer’s Memorial Day Service began at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall in downtown Norfolk. Family and friends of the fallen heroes, police officers and city leaders attended, and the public was invited, as well.
Police Chief Michael Goldsmith and Vice-Mayor Angelia Williams presented at the service. Afterwards, Goldsmith told WAVY.com it’s important to take the time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We can never forget that we have men and women who are out there everyday fighting these crimes in our communities and at any time they may be called upon to be injured or to have to give their lives to the service of our community,” he said. “We have to recognize that. It’s almost a sacred thing for us to do, to make sure we never forget the sacrifice of those on the force.”
Pres. John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Whatever week May 15 falls on is designated as National Police Week.