The Capital City Chapter of the Alaska Peace Officers Association will be hosting two events on May 15 in honor of National Police Memorial Day, which takes place during National Police Week.
The public and those in the law enforcement community are invited to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery at noon, and later that evening at 6 p.m., a ceremony at the Juneau Police Department station.
The evening ceremony will begin in front of the station, located at 6255 Alaway Avenue, and inside the station there will be a partial showing of a documentary about fallen officers and their families. The film was sponsored by the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Juneau Police Department said in a release that the evening ceremony will conclude with light refreshments and socializing. Retired officers with families are encouraged to attend and reunite with other law enforcement professionals who are both active-duty and retired.
National Police Week this year is taking place from May 12 to 18. It has been a tradition since 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, according to policeweek.org. Its intent is to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, the website states.
JPD said there has been 38 line-of-duty deaths across the nation in 2013, two of which took place in Alaska. Village Public Safety Officer Thomas O. Madole was shot and killed in Manokotak on March 19, and Alaska State Trooper Tage Toll died in a helicopter crash near Talkeetna on March 30.