Local ceremonies honor fallen officers during National Police Week

Credit: Virginia Beach Police Department

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Local police departments are holding ceremonies this week to honor law enforcement officers for National Police Week.

President John F. Kennedy in 1962 declared May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls on as National Police Week.

On Monday, the Virginia Beach Department held a memorial at 35th Street and the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Meanwhile, Hampton police held an event at 10 a.m. Monday in Honor Park.

In Newport News, the police department will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, to remember 11 police officer who lost their lives. The ceremony takes place at the Mariner’s Museum and Park located at 100 Museum Drive in Newport News.

The City of Norfolk and Norfolk police are remembering fallen officers and the families left behind on Thursday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. in front of City Hall, at 810 Union Street.

These ceremonies recognize law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The events are open to the public.

There will be a service and wreath laying ceremony at the White House Monday for the 36th National Peace Officers Memorial Service.