2023 Police Memorial Service To Honor Fallen Officers

May 19th, 2023

Sunday May 14th through Saturday May 20th is National Police Week.

We celebrate National Police Week which was established in 1962 by a joint resolution of Congress. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.  Thousands of law enforcement officers travel to Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.   The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering of survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.  

 As part of National Police Week, Erie County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #64 and the Erie Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7 held their annual Police Memorial on Wednesday May 17, 2023 at Perry Square.

All Erie County police agencies attended the service including Erie, Millcreek, Wesleyville, Lawrence Park, Edinboro, Girard, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Park Rangers. Both active and retired law enforcement officers were in attendance along with members of the Erie County Detectives and several other state & federal law enforcement agencies.

This memorial pays special recognition to those Erie County law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. We honor and never forget the heroes who sacrificed their lives serving and protecting their community in Erie County. The names of those officers who served Erie County and, in the line of duty, paid the ultimate sacrifice can be found on the memorial located in Perry Square.  We thank the officers of this county and Commonwealth, as they continue to face the physical, mental, and emotional tolls of the profession.  May all be safe, healthy, and well, and may we never have to add to our memorial.