In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
Each year during Police Week, the four local Fraternal Order Police Lodges honor fallen officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. This event brings the entire police family together in a show of support and remembrance for these officers who were part of our lives. These officers made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the citizens of our community.
Tri-County Lodge #3, Berkeley County Lodge #19, Summerville-Dorchester Lodge #48, and Charleston Metropolitan Lodge #5 band together to create a memorable honoring of these fallen heroes. The Memorial Service is a way to remember those we have lost, and it helps the surviving family members find the strength to continue. The memorial binds all of us together.
You can learn about the stories of these fallen officers at the website of the South Carolina Fallen Officers Project.
Always remember the fallen heroes of our communities.