ELKHART — Police departments in the area are planning their annual ceremonies to honor the men and women who died in the line of duty and inviting the community to participate in these events starting Friday, May 9.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The week in which May 15 falls is also known as Police Week.
On Friday, May 9, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36 in South Bend will conduct a tribute for their officers. The event starts at 8 p.m. in front of the South Bend police station, 701 W. Sample St. The event will be held in the police station's garage in the event of inclement weather.
The Elkhart Police Department will hold its ceremony at noon May 15 at the Lerner Theatre. The event was originally planned to be held at the Police and Firefighter Monument on the Elkhart RiverWalk, but the venue was changed due to weather. Several officers will be recognized at the ceremony for their outstanding performance, according to a flyer from the police department.
The Goshen Police Department's ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. May 15 in front of the Goshen police station, 111 E. Jefferson St. The department will dedicate a new memorial on the lawn.
According to a press release from the Goshen Police Department, the memorial is to honor the service of officers who died as a result of non duty-related circumstances while employed at the police department.
The department will also announce this year's recipients of the Goodwin scholarship. The scholarship is in honor of Patrolman Thomas Goodwin, who died in the line of duty Dec.11, 1998.
The Indiana State Police Toll Road Post will hold its memorial service at 10:30 a.m. May 29 at the post, 52422 C.r. 17, Bristol.
At each of the ceremonies, the departments will read out the names of officers who died while on duty, play taps and perform a firing salute.