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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

UTSA Downtown hosts Peace Officer Memorial, May 15th

L-R: Officer D. Pena & UTSA President Ricardo Romo @ the 2008 ceremony

UTSA Downtown hosts Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremonies: Local law enforcement honors fallen officers

San Antonio and Bexar County-area law enforcement agencies will gather at the UTSA Downtown Campus to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day. The ceremony includes presentation of the colors, roll call for the absent and a wreath presentation.

Speaker: Special Agent in Charge Ralph Diaz, FBI San Antonio
Invocation: Rev. Peter De Jesus, Corner Stone Church
9 a.m., Friday, May 15th @ UTSA Downtown Campus – Bill Miller Plaza 501 W. Durango Blvd.,

Media parking at Frio Street Service Circle – please post credentials.

Background: The Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony brings together all branches of San Antonio's law enforcement community, including local police, special jurisdictions such as college campus and park police, state troopers, military police and federal agencies including ATF, DEA, FBI, Secret Service and United States Marshals.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy designated the week encompassing May 15 as National Police Week. Every 57 hours, a law enforcement officer gives up his or her life in the line of duty. In 2008, Texas lost 14 law enforcement officers. Since 1963, 29 university police officers nationwide have died in the line of duty protecting college campuses.

James M. Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist
UTSA Downtown Office
Public Affairs Office

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