In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The practice has evolved since then and President Barack Obama declared a week in May as National Police Week in accordance with this longstanding tradition. The national theme“In Memory of Many, in Honor of All” is being used throughout the country as state, local, tribal and military organizations coordinate local activities.
In accordance with the practice of remembering those who have fallen in the line of service as law enforcement agents including military and security forces, the 75th Security Forces Squadron has organized a week’s worth of events.
Tech. Sgt. Lorena Muegge, a representative of the 75th SFS, said that Hill will be adding something new this year.
On May 13, at 8 p.m., South Gate Drive will be lined with flags to remember the fallen. In addition, those assembled will gather together for a moment of silence during which any vehicles going through the South Gate will be stopped and the moment of silence will be observed. The candle vigil is something traditionally used throughout the nation to open the week and 75th SFS made the decision to add the observance this year..
On May 14, Monday, the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run will enter the South Gate at approximately 8:30 a.m., as athletes from the Special Olympics will accompany members of the security forces and others as they run the torch through the base. Members of Team Hill are welcome to show support by lining the route safely. The route includes a left on Balmer Avenue (6th Street) and down and around through base housing, then past the Southwest Gate, along the frontage road (Arsenal Road) to Wardleigh Road, and then a left turn to the West Gate. Bystanders may enjoy seeing the lit torch as the runners carry it through the base.
On Tuesday, May 15, a golf tournament will be held at Hubbard Golf Course.
On Wednesday, May 16, a blood drive will be held at the southeast parking lot of Building 408.
A shooting competition between law enforcement agencies will be held in Building 743, Combat Arms on Thursday, May 17.
On Friday, May 18, a Formal Retreat will be held outside Building 1102 near the flagpole as Assistant Police Chief Eric Young, of the Ogden Police Department, speaks about how the agency handled the loss of Officer Jared Francom. That will take place at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, a parade will wind through base housing at 9 a.m. A car show will be held at Centennial Park at 10 a.m. with McGruff the Crime Dog, vehicles and weapons from the security forces on display, DARE cars, and a military working dog demonstration at 11:30 a.m. Bouncy houses and Ident-a-Kid will be there as well. Anyone with base access who is interested is welcome to attend the family oriented event.
For more information, contact Tech. Sgt. Lorena Muegge at 801-777-8827, or Staff Sgt. Melissa Hurtado at 801-777-8827