Peace Officers MemorialMay 20, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week that it falls in as National Police Week. In coordination with this proclamation, Fort Smith National Historic Site is honoring fallen officers on Saturday May 21st. Throughout the day, memorial markers will be on the parade grounds honoring each of the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty between 1872 and 1896 while serving Fort Smith District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. This stirring program gives everyone an opportunity to honor all officers in the United States who in the words of President Kennedy, are "the men and women who, night and day, protect us through the enforcement of our laws". The ceremony starts with Welcome by Park Superintendent Lisa Conard Frost followed by a short speech by an invited guest speaker. The ceremony will then include a roll call of officers who died while serving their communities in the local area. Law enforcement officers are invited to come and be a part of the roll call by reading the names of those who have died in the line of duty from their departments. The program will finish with a flag ceremony led by a local Honor Guard.
Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith National Historic Site
301 Parker Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas