A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday (May 16) in the base chapel from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in honor of Georgia’s fallen law enforcement officers. Guest speaker for the event is Sheriff David Davis of Bibb County Sheriff Department.
The service will honor law enforcement officers in the state Georgia, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, K-9 units and Security Forces members who have given their lives in the line of duty over the past year. The vigil is one of several events occurring this week in honor of National Police Week.
National Police Week has been in existence since 1962 when then President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 into effect. The law designates May 15 of each year as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. This is the 50th anniversary of the National Police Week observance.