LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Amid the sound of bagpipes, officers marched in single file Thursday as they honored nearly 100 fellow officers.
Members of the Fraternal Order of Police of Jefferson County held their annual memorial service at Jefferson Square Park to honor officers who have either been disabled or killed in the line of duty. Organizers said they host the event each year to ensure the service of the fallen heroes is never forgotten.
"They didn't die in vain," said Jeffery Harris, chaplain of the Fraternal Order of Police River City Lodge 614. "We want their families and their children to know that what they did was an honorable profession. They did it well and we thank them for that."
The ceremony brought out officers, family members and even strangers.
"I work just down the street now so we wanted to come and pay our respects," said Jessica Schellenberger. "I have a lot of friends who are all police officers now, so it really touches close to home when you know people who are out there."
Officers held the memorial service in conjunction with National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, which is celebrated each year on May 15. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.