Law Enforcement Memorial Week events

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 25, 2019

FORSYTH COUNTY – The Forsyth County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation cordially invites the public to participate in each of the following events held in honor of National Police Week 2019.

The Fallen Officer Memorial Rededication Ceremony and Vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6. The annual vigil honors each of the Winston-Salem police officers killed in the line of duty; this year, the memorial will be rededicated as well. The ceremony will be held at the Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center located at 725 North Cherry Street in Winston-Salem. This event is open to the media and the public.

The Forsyth County Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9. This service honors each of the Forsyth County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and is the result of a collaborative effort of all local law enforcement agencies. This event pays tribute to the many sacrifices made by the officers who serve and protect Forsyth County, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our community.

During the memorial service, the Rufus Dalton Awards will also be bestowed upon officers injured in the line of duty during 2018. Lunch will be served following the service; both the service and the lunch are open to the public. The service will be held at Center Grove Church, located at 8750 Lasater Road in Clemmons.

Forsyth County Law Enforcement Memorial Night at the Dash stadium will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The game will feature the Winston-Salem Dash against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Fallen officers will be recognized; both current and retired officers will be honored throughout the game. The game will be held at the Winston-Salem Dash Stadium located at 951 Ball Park Way in Winston-Salem. Celebrate the important role that law enforcement plays in our community; tickets are available through the Winston-Salem Dash.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed on May 15 of every year in honor of all of the federal, state and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. National Police Week 2019 is May 12-18. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there were 163 law enforcement line of duty deaths in 2018, and 33 so far in 2019.