Peace Officer Memorial Day

The closing ceremony of the 2016 Peace Officer Memorial Day event at the state Capitol is shown in this file photo. For the past two years, Sergeant Brian Robinson from the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office has organized a standing vigil at the Peace Officer Memorial on the west side of the state Capitol, next to Montana Avenue. 

The Helena Police Department would like to invite the public to attend the 2019 Montana Peace Officers' Memorial Day events in Helena on Wednesday.

Peace Officers' Memorial Day was established by Congress and President Kennedy in 1961 as a day to pay tribute to the local, state and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. May 15 each year was established as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which the 15th falls as Police Week. Memorials are marked nationally each year in Washington, D.C., and throughout the nation in individual states.

The Montana memorial ceremony is a "traveling" one, hosted each year in a different community around Montana. For 2019, the ceremony returns to Helena for the third time since the event began in the early 2000s. The ceremony was hosted in Bozeman in 2018 and in Havre in 2017.

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Everyone is invited to downtown Helena for a memorial procession of police and other emergency vehicles at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The procession will begin at Helena Avenue and Last Chance Gulch, and travel south through the Walking Mall to Broadway, then east to the Capitol.

The Memorial Ceremony will begin on the north lawn of the Capitol Building at noon, with guest speakers, special musical presentations and ceremonies.

Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered that all flags in Montana to be displayed at half-staff to commemorate the week.

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